The application of cohesive zone interface elements to modelling discrete matrix dominated failures in polymer composites is reviewed. It is shown that because they can accurately represent the physical mechanisms controlling damage development and failure, they are able to give excellent simulations of a wide variety of phenomena including delamination, laminate in-plane failure, behaviour at notches, impact damage and structural failure due to debonding.
|Translated title of the contribution||Modelling discrete failures in composites with interface elements|
|Pages (from-to)||795 - 805|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2010|