Investigating Delamination Migration in Multidirectional Tape Laminates

M F Pernice, James G. Ratcliffe, Nelson V. De Carvalho, Stephen R Hallett

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

1 Citation (Scopus)
77 Downloads (Pure)


Delamination migration was investigated at interfaces between plies with dissimilar fiber angle, θ, in composite tape laminates. The test method employed allowed to isolate and investigate a single delamination migration from a 0/θ interface into a stack of four plies oriented at θ. Tests showed that delamination propagation and migration varies across the specimen width. On one side, delamination appeared to grow at the initial interface, while on the opposite side, the damage progression was characterized by recurring kinking events initiating inside the specimen, before migration was completed. The occurrence and extent of kinking varies with the fiber angle. The experimental results showed that delamination migration is affected by the local stress state at the delamination front, which varies across the specimen width, depending upon the fiber angle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCM16 - 16th European Conference on Composite Materials
Subtitle of host publicationSeville, Spain, 22-26 June 2014
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


  • polymer matrix composites
  • delamination migration
  • multidirectional interfaces


Dive into the research topics of 'Investigating Delamination Migration in Multidirectional Tape Laminates'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this