Predicting progressive delamination of composite material specimens via interface elements

Jiye Chen, M. Crisfield, A. J. Kinloch, E. P. Busso, F. L. Matthews, Y. Qiu

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This article describes the application of interface elements to the prediction of progressive delamination in composite materials. The work has been implemented in two separate commercial finite-element computer packages, ABAQUS [1] and LUSAS [2]. In the former case, this has been achieved via a "user subroutine", while in the latter case the elements are embedded directly within the system, either in the standard "release version" of the code or in a research version, to which the authors have access and in which they have implemented various algorithms directly. Comparisons are made with a range of experimental results for composite material specimens. In addition to the finite-element solutions, closed-form results are also presented that are based on a corrected beam theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-317
Number of pages17
JournalMechanics of Composite Materials and Structures
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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