A simulation method for fatigue-driven delamination in layered structures involving non-negligible fracture process zones and arbitrarily shaped crack fronts

Laura Carreras, Albert Turon, Brian Lau Verndal Bak, Esben Lindgaard, Jordi Renart, Federico Martin de la Escalera, Yasser Essa

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Most of the existing methods for fatigue-driven delamination are limited to two-dimensional (2D) applications or their predictive capabilities have not been validated in three-dimensional (3D) problems. This work presents a new cohesive zone-based computational method for simulating fatigue-driven delamination in the analysis of 3D structures without crack migration. The method accurately predicts fatigue propagation of non-negligible fracture process zones with arbitrarily shaped delamination fronts. The model does not require any kind of fitting parameter since all the input parameters are obtained experimentally from coupon tests. The evaluation of the energy release rate is done using two new techniques recently developed by the authors (the growth driving direction and the mode-decomposed J-integral) leading to an accurate prediction of delamination propagation under mixed-mode and non-self-similar growing conditions. The new method has been implemented as a UEL for Abaqus and validated against an experimental benchmark case with varying crack growth rate and shape and extension of the fracture process zone.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019



  • Laminates
  • Delamination
  • Cohesive interface modelling
  • Fatigue

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