Fatigue damage simulation of tension-tension loaded glass/polyester fiber composites with thickness tapering effects

Seyed Aydin Raeis Hosseiny, Johnny Jakobsen

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Abstract

This study evaluates the capability of a progressive damage method in predicting the fatigue failure in glass/polyester fiber composite materials. Residual material properties in different failure modes have been obtained from testing fatigue loaded specimens to their ultimate limits. A numerical tool utilizes the experimentally obtained values to simulate the process of damage in more complex models with high interlaminar shear stresses. The tool accounts for fatigue damage through stiffness and strength degradation rules without relying on prior calibration/modifications. Benchmark ply-drop problems under constant and variable amplitude fatigue loadings are simulated and compared against experimental results. Verification case studies show that the numerical tool can predict damage initiation and final fatigue life, successfully.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Volume53
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)297-314
Number of pages18
ISSN0021-9983
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Damage mechanics
  • progressive failure
  • ply-drops
  • life prediction
  • residual strength
  • degraded stiffness
  • fatigue life
  • tapered laminates

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