A technique to enhance the strength of the composite laminates in the thickness direction consists in inserting through-thickness reinforcement, by which the potential delamination crack faces are bridged in order to increase the interlaminar fracture strength. In this paper, the composite delamination is analyzed in the context of non-linear fracture mechanics making use of the interface concept. The presence of the reinforcement fibres provides an anisotropic elastic and post-elastic mechanical response, which herein is described by an original two-phase interface model. The two phases, namely the adhesive joint (or matrix of the composite) and the reinforcement, are characterized by their own constitutive laws and coupled at the equilibrium level.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||COMPOSITES. PART A: APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites
- Mechanics of Materials