Prediction of mode I delamination resistance of z-pinned laminates using the embedded finite element technique

Matthew Blacklock*, Mathew W. Joosten, Khomkrit Pingkarawat, Adrian P. Mouritz

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Abstract

A new finite modelling approach is presented to analyse the mode I delamination fracture toughness of z-pinned laminates using the computationally efficient embedded element technique. In the FE model, each z-pin is represented by a single one-dimensional truss element that is embedded within the laminate. Each truss is given the material, geometric and spatial properties associated with the global crack bridging traction response of a z-pin in the laminate; this simplification provides a computationally efficient and flexible model where pin elements are independent of the underlying structural mesh for the laminate. The accuracy of the FE modelling approach is assessed using mode I interlaminar fracture toughness data for a carbon-epoxy laminate reinforced with z-pins made of copper, titanium or stainless steel. The model is able to predict with good accuracy the crack growth resistance curves and fracture toughness properties for the different types of z-pinned laminate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume91
Issue number1
Early online date6 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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