Fracture Behavior of Multidirectional DCB Specimen:Higher-Order Beam Theories

Raghu Prasad, BK and Pavan Kumar, DVTG (2009) Fracture Behavior of Multidirectional DCB Specimen:Higher-Order Beam Theories. Journal of Engineering Mechanics , 135 (10). pp. 1119-1128.

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Mathematical models, for the stress analysis of symmetric multidirectional double cantilever beam �DCB� specimen using classical beam theory, first and higher-order shear deformation beam theories, have been developed to determine the Mode I strain energy release rate �SERR� for symmetric multidirectional composites. The SERR has been calculated using the compliance approach. In the present study, both variationally and nonvariationally derived matching conditions have been applied at the crack tip of DCB specimen. For the unidirectional and cross-ply composite DCB specimens, beam models under both plane stress and plane strain conditions in the width direction are applicable with good performance where as for the multidirectional composite DCB specimen, only the beam model under plane strain condition in the width direction appears to be applicable with moderate performance. Among the shear deformation beam theories considered, the performance of higher-order shear deformation beam theory, having quadratic variation for transverse displacement over the thickness, is superior in determining the SERR for multidirectional DCB specimen.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composite structures; Delaminating; Cracking; Shear deformation; Toughness; Theories.
Subjects: ENGINEERING > Structural Mechanics
Depositing User: Ms Indrani V
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 06:30
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 08:26

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