SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997

The Compact Tension, C(T), Specimen in Laminated Composite Testing


Use of the compact tension, C(T), specimens in laminated composites testing is investigated by considering two examples. A new computational methodology that scales up constituent material properties, stress, and strain limits to the structure level is used to evaluate damage propagation stages as well as the structural fracture load. Damage initiation, growth, accumulation, progressive fracture, and ultimate fracture modes are identified. Specific dependences of C(T) specimen test characteristics on laminate configuration and composite constituent properties are quantified.

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Minnetyan, L
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Chamis, CC
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH
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Developed by Committee: D30
Pages: 531–550
DOI: 10.1520/STP19946S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5353-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2411-0