Modelling Stiffness Loss in Quasi-Isotropic Laminates Due to Microstructural Damage

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C. E. Harris, D. H. Allen, E. W. Nottorf

Aerospace Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

S. E. Groves

Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Livermore, CA 94550

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 110(2), 128-133 (Apr 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3226020 History: Received November 11, 1987; Online September 15, 2009


Continuous fiber laminated composites are known to undergo substantial load induced damage in the form of matrix cracking, interior delamination, fiber fracture, etc. These damage modes produce significant losses in component performance measures such as stiffness, residual strength, and life. The authors have previously constructed a general model for predicting the response of laminated composites with damage. The current paper utilizes the model to predict stiffness loss as a function of damage in quasi-isotropic and angle-ply laminates with matrix cracks. It is shown that the model is capable of predicting the stiffness loss for any layup by utilizing the same input data, thus producing a model which is independent of stacking sequence. The favorable comparisons of the model to experimental results reported herein support the validity of the model.

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