Predicting the notched strength of large quasi-isotropic composite laminates based on small specimen tests

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Abstract

An investigation into the size effects in notched quasi-isotropic carbon/epoxy laminates is carried out. Two scaling laws are used to predict the notched tensile strength. Specifically, a Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM) approach based on Dugdale's plastic zone model originally for metallic materials is applied to predict the tensile strength of the large composite laminates with sharp notches. A method based on Weibull statistics is used to predict the tensile strength of the large composite laminates with circular holes. These two scaling lines are drawn independently from the experimental notched tensile strengths. A good agreement between the predicted and experimental results of the large notched composite laminates is achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCM16 - 16th European Conference on Composite Materials
Subtitle of host publicationSeville, Spain, 22-26 June 2014
PublisherEuropean Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)8461697987, 9788461697984
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Event16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014 - Seville, Spain
Duration: 22 Jun 201426 Jun 2014

Conference

Conference16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014
CountrySpain
CitySeville
Period22/06/1426/06/14

Keywords

  • Composite laminates
  • Notch
  • Scaling
  • Strength

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