Nonlinear deformation and failure analysis of laminated composites

Evgeny Lomakin, Boris Fedulov

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An approach to the characterization of different types of nonlinearity in the behavior of composite materials is proposed. One of them is concerned usually observed in experimental studies the dependence of deformation properties of composite materials on the type of external forces. Another type of nonlinearity lies in the fact that the shear stress-strain curves are nonlinear, though they are linear ones when the load is applied along the reinforcement. To describe these effects, the additional matrix is introduced into the proposed constitutive relations. There are different mechanisms of deformation of these materials, which are dependent on the type of reinforcement, matrix properties, loading conditions, directions of loads with respect to reinforcement and some others. These mechanisms and their interactions determine the stress-strain behavior of materials that influence the damage evolution and fracture properties of composite materials. To describe the damage accumulation process, the system of general failure model assumptions is formulated that include the choice of first ply failure criterion, constitutive relations for damaged materials with the use of corresponding damage parameters, the dependence of first ply failure criterion and elastic properties on the damage rate parameters and others. Some particular models are considered taking into account different types of nonlinearities, Lomakin et al. (1981, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2017). This approach is verified using complex loading experiments. The theoretical dependencies obtained on the base of proposed models are compared with the results of experimental studies and good correspondence of them is shown. The proposed approach to the formulations of constitutive models from simple to more complex ones allows to describe adequately the behavior of composite materials under different loading conditions with the necessary precision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-669
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Structural Integrity
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd European Conference on Fracture, ECF 2018 - Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 25 Aug 201826 Aug 2018


  • Failure analysis
  • Laminate composite
  • Nonlinear effects


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