A Thermomechanical Extended Layerwise Method (TELM) is developed for the laminated composite plates with multiple delaminations and transverse cracks. The discontinuity of displacements and temperature induced by multiple delaminations is simulated by strong discontinuous function while the discontinuity of strain and temperature gradient between dissimilar layers is modeled by a weak discontinuous function. Transverse cracks are modeled using classical Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM). The coupled thermomechanical variational principle is employed to derive the Euler equations and the discrete forms. Since the displacement and temperature fields are solved simultaneously, a fully coupled time integration method is developed based on the Newmark integration algorithm and Crank-Nicolson scheme. The strain energy release rate for multiple delamination fronts and stress intensity factors for transverse cracks are calculated by the Virtual Crack Closure Technique and the Interaction Integral Method, respectively. The proposed method is applied to the steady-state thermomechanical problems, elastic and thermomechanical dynamic problems for isotropic and composite plates with transverse cracks and multiple delaminations.
Composite Structures – Elsevier
Published: Feb 1, 2018
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