Delamination in carbon fiber epoxy DCB laminates with different stacking sequences: R-curve behavior and bridging traction-separation relation

Published on Apr 15, 2021in Composite Structures5.138
· DOI :10.1016/J.COMPSTRUCT.2021.113605
Yu Gong (Chongqing University), Gong Yu (Chongqing University)+ 4 AuthorsNing Hu60
Estimated H-index: 60
(Chongqing University)
Abstract R-curve and traction-separation relation are commonly used to characterize the fiber bridging, which is significant toughening mechanism in composite laminates. Current investigations are mainly focused on unidirectional laminates. However, the dependence of the R-curve and traction-separation relation on the stacking sequence is still lack of comprehensive studies. Here, the effect of stacking sequence on the R-curve and traction-separation relation in unidirectional and multidirectional CFRP DCB laminates with designed generic +θ°/-θ° and 0°/θ° interfaces were systematically investigated, and interpreted combining with the fractographical analysis of failed fracture surface. Experimental results showed the fiber bridging length, steady-state fracture toughness and maximum bridging stress were strongly influenced by the stacking sequence. However, there was no clear relationship between them and the stacking sequence. In addition, the maximum bridging stress increased with the flexural modulus while a reverse trend presented in the relation between the maximum COD at the end of the fiber bridging zone and the flexural modulus. The obtained traction-separation relations were finally integrated into a tri-linear cohesive zone model. Numerical results from this model agreed well with the test results, which illustrated that the proposed cohesive zone model was applicable for delamination modelling in composite laminates with the effect of fiber bridging.
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