Computational modeling of complex failure mechanisms in laminates

F. P. van der Meer, L. J. Sluys, S. R. Hallett, M. R. Wisnom

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A computational framework for the simulation of progressive failure in composite laminates is presented. The phantom-node method (a variation to the XFEM) is used for a mesh-independent representation of matrix cracks as straight discontinuities in the displacement field. Furthermore, interface elements are used for delamination and a continuum damage model for fiber failure. The framework is validated against experimental observations for open-hole tests and compact tension tests. It is shown that different failure mechanisms are captured well, which allows for the prediction of size effects.

Translated title of the contributionComputational modeling of complex failure mechanisms in laminates
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-623
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


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