The open hole tension strength is an important parameter for composite structures since it is can be a limiting factor in design. It is also difficult to characterise and predict through analytical or numerical methods since there exists a wide variation in experimental results depending on testing configuration. Here a range of such variations are presented and the behaviour explained in terms of the development of sub-critical damage in the form of intra-ply splits and inter-ply delaminations and their interaction with each other and also with fibre failure. A finite element based numerical analysis technique has been developed and applied to each case in turn, successfully predicting the failure modes, trends and strengths. This is sufficiently robust to form the basis for a virtual testing framework for the open hole tensile strength of composite materials.
|Translated title of the contribution
|The open hole tensile test: a challenge for virtual testing of composites
|169 - 181
|Number of pages
|International Journal of Fracture
|Published - Aug 2009