Failure behaviour of composites under both vibration loading and environmental conditions

Georgios Voudouris, Dario Di Maio*, Ibrahim Sever

*Corresponding author for this work

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The study focuses on the understanding of failure behaviour of composites which are subjected to vibration fatigue under environmental temperature conditions. The study of vibration fatigue failure in composites can be challenging because of the coupling between mechanical and thermal properties. In fact, stiffness distribution and self-heating are typically occurring under vibration conditions. As the problem stands, the sole use of either testing or simulation would not be adequate to understand the failure behaviour fully. This paper will present both an experimental and numerical work, based on a component designed with a ply-drop feature to enhance and localise the damage occurrence. The vibration testing experiments were carried while an environmental chamber was used to control the exposure temperature. Similar experimental conditions are simulated in a finite element multi-physics environment, where the crack opening is modelled by VCCT method. The simulation environment is very challenging because both mechanical (dynamics) and thermal behaviours need to be incorporated to study the failure of a given vibration loading. Both experimental and numerical results will be qualitatively compared.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModel Validation and Uncertainty Quantification, Volume 3 - Proceedings of the 37th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2019
EditorsRobert Barthorpe
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030120740
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event37th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 28 Jan 201931 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652


Conference37th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Carbon fibre reinforced polymers
  • Environmental temperatures conditions
  • Finite element
  • High cycle vibration fatigue
  • Virtual crack closure technique


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