A methodology for analysing the degradation and collapse in postbuckling composite structures is proposed. One aspect of the methodology predicts the initiation of interlaminar damage using a strength criterion applied with a globallocal analysis technique. A separate approach represents the growth of a pre-existing interlaminar damage region with user-defined multi-point constraints that are controlled based on the Virtual Crack Closure Technique. Another aspect of the approach is a degradation model for in-plane ply damage mechanisms of fiber fracture, matrix cracking, and fiber-matrix shear. The complete analysis methodology was compared to experimental results for two fuselage-representative composite panels tested to collapse. For both panels, the behavior and structural collapse were accurately captured, and the analysis methodology provided detailed information on the development and interaction of the various damage mechanisms.

A Finite Element Methodology for Analysing Degradation and Collapse in Postbuckling Composite Aerospace Structures

BISAGNI, CHIARA;
2009

Abstract

A methodology for analysing the degradation and collapse in postbuckling composite structures is proposed. One aspect of the methodology predicts the initiation of interlaminar damage using a strength criterion applied with a globallocal analysis technique. A separate approach represents the growth of a pre-existing interlaminar damage region with user-defined multi-point constraints that are controlled based on the Virtual Crack Closure Technique. Another aspect of the approach is a degradation model for in-plane ply damage mechanisms of fiber fracture, matrix cracking, and fiber-matrix shear. The complete analysis methodology was compared to experimental results for two fuselage-representative composite panels tested to collapse. For both panels, the behavior and structural collapse were accurately captured, and the analysis methodology provided detailed information on the development and interaction of the various damage mechanisms.
stiffened structures; postbuckling; collapse; interlaminar damage; ply damage; virtual crack closure technique.
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