Application of the Refined Zigzag Theory to the Modeling of Delaminations in Laminated Composites

Rainer Groh, Paul Weaver, Alexander Tessler

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Abstract

The Refined Zigzag Theory is applied to the modeling of delaminations in laminated composites. The commonly used cohesive zone approach is adapted for use within a continuum mechanics model, and then used to predict the onset and propagation of delamination in five cross-ply composite beams. The resin-rich area between individual composite plies is modeled explicitly using thin, discrete layers with isotropic material properties. A damage model is applied to these resin-rich layers to enable tracking of delamination propagation. The displacement jump across the damaged interfacial resin layer is captured using the zigzag function of the Refined Zigzag Theory. The overall model predicts the initiation of delamination to within 8% compared to experimental results and the load drop after propagation is represented accurately.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNASA
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Structured keywords

  • ACCIS Core Team

Keywords

  • Beams
  • composite materials
  • resins
  • laminates
  • Delamination

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