The potential of composites cannot be fully realized unless their fracture modes and failure mechanisms are fully understood, and appropriate design tools for failure prediction are developed and verified.
Fracture of Composites provides a guide to work-in-progress, establishes methods and techniques and highlights future challenges to analysis, modeling, test method development and failure prediction.
In the first section, a number of analytical modeling approaches are presented. This is followed by the consideration of computational methods. Section III discusses damage mechanisms and failure prediction. Test methods for fracture characterization and notch effects are addressed in Section IV. The onset of delamination and growth under compressive loading is presented in Section V. Impact response, the analysis of toughened composites and the application of these composites to the fracture of marine composites are presented in Section VI.
Table of Contents
Mechanics of Anisotropic Materials with Multiple Cracks o Energy Release Rate for Cracks on a Non-Planar Interface o Strength and Fracture of a Composite with Well Aligned Fibers o Analysis of Free Edge Delaminating in Unsymmetrical Composite Laminates
On the Numerical Modeling of Edge Delamination in Composites o Analytical Determination of Mixed-Mode Energy Release Rates for Delamination Using a Crack Tip Element o Computational Structural Analysis and Testing: An Approach to Understand Delamination Growth o Using Stress Smoothing for Interlaminar Stress Distribution in Finite Element Analysis of Composite Laminates
Damage Mechanisms and Failure Prediction
Damage Mechanisms and Fracture Modes in Nicalon/CAS-II Laminates o Recent Research on Damage Development in SiC/Ti Continuous Fiber Metal Matrix Composites o Failure Prediction of Composite Laminates under Torsion o Stress Delamination and Core Failure Analysis in Sandwich Rampdown Structures under Bending Loads
Fracture Characterization and Notch Effect
Interlaminar Fracture Characterization o Fracture of Double Beam Specimens Containing 90-Degree Plies Application of the MMB Specimen in the Measurement of Mixed Mode Interlaminar Fracture Toughness o Notch Effect on Fatigue of High Performance Composite Materials Mechanisms and Prediction
Delamination Buckling and Compressive Loading
Buckling of Pressure-Loaded, Delaminated, Cylindrical Shells and Panels o Snap Buckling of Thin Delaminated Layers in a Contracting Cylinder o Predicting the Growth of Internal Delaminations under Monotonic or Cyclic Compression o Failure Mechanisms of Composite Plates with a Circular Hole under Remote Static Biaxial Planar Compressive Loading
Toughened Composites, Impact and Applications
Fracture of Laminated Composites with Interleaves o Transverse Cracking of Composite Laminates with Interleaves: A Variational Approach o Low-Velocity Impact Response and Damage in Composite Materials o Fracture of Marine Composites