Journal Published Online: 01 January 1997
Volume 19, Issue 1

A Progressive Damage Model and Analysis Methodology for Predicting the Residual Strength of Composite Laminates



The durability and damage tolerance of laminated composites are critical design considerations for airframe composite structures. Therefore, the ability to model damage initiation and growth and predict the life of laminated composites is necessary to achieve efficient and economical structural designs. The purpose of the research presented in this paper is to experimentally verify the application of the damage model developed by the authors to predict progressive damage development in a toughened material system. Damage growth, stiffness degradation, and residual strength were experimentally determined for cross-ply and quasi-isotropic IM7/5260 graphite/bismaleimide laminates due to monotonic and tension-tension fatigue. The damage model, which has been implemented into a finite element code, was used to predict the stiffness loss and residual strength of unnotched and notched laminates. The model predictions were in good agreement to experimental results for several different fatigue loading histories and several different laminate stacking sequences.

Author Information

Harris, CE
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Coats, TW
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Allen, DH
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Lo, DC
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
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ISSN: 0884-6804
DOI: 10.1520/CTR10008J