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Structural Integrity and Durability of Advanced Composites by Alma Hodzic, Constantinos Soutis, Peter Beaumont

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A mechanisms-based framework for describing failure in composite materials

R. Talreja1,2     1Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA     2Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Abstract

Failure in composite materials is a local phenomenon, whose mechanisms are governed by the local (microscopic) fields. This chapter reviews first the composite failure theories that are formulated on the macroscopic scale, that is, where composite materials are regarded as homogeneous, anisotropic solids. By examining the fundamental assumptions of such theories, exemplified by a few selected and commonly used ones, the inherent limitations of the theories are clarified. A mechanisms-based framework for describing failure in composite materials is ...

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