Interfibre failure characterisation of unidirectional and triax glass fibre non-crimp fabric reinforced epoxy laminates

S. Laustsen, E. Lund, L. Kühlmeier, O.T. Thomsen

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The in-plane failure envelopes of unidirectional (UD) laminae in a UD and a Triax (0?, $45?) laminate configuration have been investigated. The two laminate configurations have been characterised by testing off-axis specimens in uniaxial tension and compression at different angles relative to the fibre direction and further by Iosipescu shear tests. Strain gauge and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) measurements were used to measure the deformation states during loading, and to record the stress-strain responses to identify the initiation of failure and investigate the heterogeneity of the material and possible parasitic effects. A novel analysis methodology to determine the so-called ?failure initiation strength? based on the second derivative of the stresses with respect to the strains has been adopted. The experimentally determined ?failure initiation stresses? were compared with predictions from the commonly applied Maximum Stress, Tsai-Wu, and Puck failure criteria. From this work, a thorough comparison of the UD and Triax failure envelopes has been facilitated. It is shown that failure prediction for the Triax laminate based on the failure envelope derived from UD lamina tests may be too conservative in comparison with fitting a failure criterion directly to the Triax laminate test data. The latter approach implies that the Triax laminate is considered as a single lamina with homogenised properties, which in principle violates the theoretical background of the considered failure criteria, since these are established to predict failure for a UD lamina. However, the simple homogenisation is shown to be a useful design oriented approach for providing a simple estimation of the onset of failure in laminate configurations composed of e.g., multiple layers of Triax. Thus, a reliable and efficient approach is offered for the structural integrity assessment, which takes the non-crimp fabric configurations directly or ?as delivered? into account.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-79
Number of pages29
JournalApplied Composite Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • failure characterisation, experimental characterisation, laminated composites, glass fibre reinforced plastic


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