A meshless cohesive segments method for crack initiation and propagation in composites

Ettore Barbieri, Michele Meo

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A modeling method aimed at eliminating the need of explicit crack representation in bi-dimensional structures is presented for the simulation of the initiation and subsequent propagation within composite materials. This is achieved by combining a meshless method with a physical stress-displacement based criterion known as Cohesive Model. This model consents to apply a penalty-based approach to delamination modeling where a variable penalty factor along the crack segment allows to loosen or tight the two parts according to their relative displacements. Results are showed for classical single mode loading benchmark cases and compared to experimental results taken from the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-63
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Composite Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Event17th International Conference on Composite Materials - Edinburgh, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jul 200931 Jul 2009


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