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

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19.3. Delamination onset and growth prediction

19.3.1. Analytical and finite element modelling of crack tip delaminations

O'Brien (1985) suggested a simple closed-form expression for the strain-energy release rate for local delaminations growing uniformly from transverse crack tips. The expression is based on simple load shearing rules and the classical laminated plate theory. It gives the strain energy release rate that depends only on the laminate lay-up and thickness, the location of the cracked ply and subsequent delaminations, the applied load and the laminate width, and is independent of delamination size and matrix crack density. In the nomenclature of this paper it is given by

Gldε¯xx2=NEˆx2h2m(1(Nn)Eˆld1NEˆx)

(19.19a)

where h is the laminate ...

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