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Compressive failure of finite size unidirectional composite laminates with a region of fibre waviness

Lemanski, SL and Sutcliffe, MPF (2012) Compressive failure of finite size unidirectional composite laminates with a region of fibre waviness. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 43. pp. 435-444. ISSN 1359-835X

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Abstract

The compressive behaviour of finite unidirectional composites with a region of misaligned reinforcement is investigated via finite element analyses. Models with and without fibre bending stiffness are compared, confirming that compressive strength is accurately predicted without modelling fibre bending stiffness for real composite components which typically have waviness defects of several millimetres wavelength. Various defect parameters are investigated. Results confirm the well-known sensitivity of compressive strength to misalignment angle, and also show that compressive strength falls rapidly with the proportion of laminate width covered by the wavy region. A simple empirical equation is proposed to model the effect of a single patch of waviness in finite specimens. Other parameters such as length and position of the wavy region are found to have a smaller effect on compressive strength. The modelling approach is finally adapted to model distributed waviness and thus determine the compressive strength of composites with realistic waviness defects. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: B. Defects B. Strength C. Micro-mechanics Waviness
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Biomechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:22
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:28
DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2011.11.007