Investigation into failure of laminated composite T-piece specimens under bending loading

F. Helenon*, M. R. Wisnom, S. R. Hallett, R. S. Trask

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This paper presents an experimental and numerical investigation into failure of T-shaped laminated composite structures. Three out-of-plane bending cases with loads at angles of 0 degrees, 45 degrees and 90 degrees are studied. It is found that very high free-edge maximum principal transverse tensile stresses perpendicular to the fibre direction occur at the failure locations. The use of the "High Stress Concentration method" demonstrates that these are responsible for the specimens' failure. It is also demonstrated that this tool is very useful for stress engineers who mainly rely on linear elastic analyses to design complex laminated composite components. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-189
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Structured keywords

  • Composites UTC


  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Polymer-matrix composites
  • Stress concentrations
  • Fracture

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