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Analysis for delamination initiation in postbuckled dropped-ply laminatesThe compression strength of dropped-ply, graphite-epoxy laminated plates for the delamination mode of failure is studied by analysis and corroborated with experiments. The nonlinear response of the test specimens is modeled by a geometrically nonlinear finite element analysis. The methodology for predicting delamination is based on a quadratic interlaminar stress criterion evaluated at a characteristic distance from the ply drop-off. The compression strength of specimens exhibiting a linear response is greater than the compression strength of specimens with the same layup exhibiting a geometrically nonlinear response. The analyses for both linear and nonlinear response show that severe interlaminar stress gradients occur in the interfaces at the drop-off because of the thickness/stiffness discontinuity. However, these interlaminar stress distributions are altered in the geometrically nonlinear response such that, with increasing load, their growth at the center of the laminate is retarded while their growth near the unloaded supported edge is increased.
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Davila, Carlos G.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Johnson, Eric R.
(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, United States)
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August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Subject Category
Structural Mechanics
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 92-2226
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AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference(Dallas, TX)
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