This work addresses the evaluation of the stiffness of fiber-reinforced composite laminates, by means of a computational meso-mechanic model, considering two non-uniformly spaced transverse matrix cracks. Laminates with [0n/908]S and [908/0n]S, with n = 1 and 8, have been studied. The meso-mechanic model includes a three dimensional Finite Element continuum model at meso-scale and the macro-scale contains a classical thin laminated plate model. Periodic boundary conditions were used and the stress resultants were evaluated accounting for the equivalence of mechanical power between scales (Hill-Mandel principle). The results obtained with the present model showed good agreement with numerical and experimental data reported in the literature. A parametric analysis allowed identifying the stiffness components which are more influenced by a non-uniform crack distribution. The results suggest that the model with uniformly distributed cracks underestimates the in-plane and bending stiffness, while the bending-extension coupling stiffness components are overestimated.
Composite Structures – Elsevier
Published: Feb 1, 2018
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