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Publication - Professor Ivana Partridge

    Exploring the influence of micro-structure on the mechanical properties and crack bridging mechanisms of fibrous tufts

    Citation

    Osmiani, C, Mohamed, G, Treiber, J, Allegri, G & Partridge, I, 2016, ‘Exploring the influence of micro-structure on the mechanical properties and crack bridging mechanisms of fibrous tufts’. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol 91 Part 2., pp. 409-419

    Abstract

    A constitutive model for tufts bridging a mode I delamination is presented. The tuft is modelled as a rod, laterally supported by an elastic medium and clamped at both ends. A fracture mechanics approach is introduced to describe the progressive debonding of the tuft from the embedding laminate. The debonding model requires the identification of stiffness, strength and toughness properties, which depend both on the laminate/tuft architecture and the constituent materials. Such identification is carried out via experimental data obtained from tensile tests on single tufts inserted in a pre-delaminated non-crimp fabric composite. The experimental results are complemented by micro-scale finite element analysis. The mode I bridging law obtained from the constitutive model is implemented into a meso-scale cohesive zone formulation. This formulation is applied to predict the response to delamination of tufted Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) coupons. The cohesive zone approach is validated by means of experimental data from DCB tests. It is shown that the proposed micro- to meso-scale modelling approach yields results in good agreement with the experiments.

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