3D Simulation of Dynamic Delamination in Curved Composite Laminates

Ata T. T., ÇÖKER D.

1st International Workshop on Plasticity, Damage and Fracture of Engineering Materials (IWPDF), Ankara, Turkey, 22 - 23 August 2019, vol.21, pp.130-137 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 21
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.prostr.2019.12.094
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.130-137
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, dynamic fracture of curved carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminates under quasi-static loading is investigated using explicit three dimensional (3D) finite element method in conjunction with Cohesive Zone Modelling (CZM). The simulations are based on the experimental studies conducted by Tasdemir (2018). Three dimensional finite element models of two different ply architectures (unidirectional and fabric laminate) are generated corresponding to the experimental configurations. The computational results show good correlation with the experimental results in which a major delamination is observed approximately at 35% of the thickness for both unidirectional and fabric curved laminates. It is also observed that delamination initiates at the half width of the laminate for both specimen configurations. For the fabric laminate, it is interesting to observe that the delamination initiates at the center of the width instead of the free-edges where a material mismatch exists between different layer orientations (Cao et al., 2019; Lagunegrand et al., 2006; Solis et al., 2018). Finite element analysis results are consistent with experiments in terms of main delamination location in thickness direction. (c) 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) Peer-review under responsibility of the 1st International Workshop on Plasticity, Damage and Fracture of Engineering Materials organizers