Towards Quasi Isotropic laminates with engineered fracture behaviour for industrial applications

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Title: Towards Quasi Isotropic laminates with engineered fracture behaviour for industrial applications
Authors: Bullegas, G
Benoliel, J
Fenelli, PL
Pinho, ST
Pimenta, S
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Carefully placed patterns of micro-cuts have been inserted in the microstructure of Cross-Ply (CP) and Quasi-Isotropic (QI) thin-ply CFRP laminates to engineer their translaminar fracture behaviour with the purpose of increasing their damage resistance under different loading conditions. A novel Finite Fracture Mechanics model has been developed to predict the translaminar crack propagation behaviour and to guide the microstructure design. This technique led to a 68% increase in the laminate notched strength, and a 460% increase in the laminate translaminar work of fracture during Compact Tension tests for CP laminates. It also allowed to achieve a 27% increase in the laminate notched strength, and a 189% increase in the translaminar work of fracture during Compact Tension tests for QI laminates. Furthermore, an increase of 43% in the total energy dissipated, and of 40% in maximum deflection at complete failure was achieved during quasi-static indentation tests on QI laminates. Given the significant improvements in the mechanical performance under different loading conditions, and the industrial relevance of QI laminates and the increasing industrial interest in thin-ply laminates, these results demonstrate that microstructure design can be used effectively to improve the damage tolerance of CFRP structures in industrially-relevant applications.
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2018
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jul-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/61311
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2018.07.004
ISSN: 0266-3538
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 290
End Page: 306
Journal / Book Title: Composites Science and Technology
Volume: 165
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Royal Academy of Engineering
Funder's Grant Number: EP/M002500/1
RF/133
Keywords: 09 Engineering
Materials
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-07-04
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
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