Virtual testing of impact in fiber reinforced laminates

S. Sádaba1, F. Martínez-Hergueta1, C.S. Lopes1, C. Gonzalez1,2,  and J. LLorca1,2     1IMDEA Materials Institute, Getafe, Madrid, Spain     2Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain


This chapter proposes a systematic simulation strategy to determine the mechanical behaviour of composite laminates under impact loading using a computational mesomechanics approach. The methodology includes modelization of the physical mechanisms of damage observed in laminates: intralaminar (ply failure) and interlaminar (delamination failure). The methodology was applied to analyse the impact behaviour of carbon–epoxy laminates subjected to low- and high-velocity impacts, and the results were ...

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