A meshless cohesive segments method for crack initiation and propagation in composites


Barbieri, E. and Meo, M., 2011. A meshless cohesive segments method for crack initiation and propagation in composites. Applied Composite Materials, 18 (1), pp. 45-63.

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A modeling method aimed at eliminating the need of explicit crack representation in bi-dimensional structures is presented for the simulation of the initiation and subsequent propagation within composite materials. This is achieved by combining a meshless method with a physical stress-displacement based criterion known as Cohesive Model. This model consents to apply a penalty-based approach to delamination modeling where a variable penalty factor along the crack segment allows to loosen or tight the two parts according to their relative displacements. Results are showed for classical single mode loading benchmark cases and compared to experimental results taken from the literature.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsBarbieri, E.and Meo, M.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
Research CentresAerospace Engineering Research Centre
ID Code23057


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