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Predicting mode II delamination suppression in z-pinned laminates

By Francesco Bianchi and Xiang Zhang


A finite element model for predicting delamination resistance of z-pin reinforced laminates under the mode-II load condition is presented. End notched flexure specimen is simulated using a cohesive zone model. The main difference of this approach to previously published cohesive zone models is that the individual bridging force exerted by z-pin is governed by a specific traction- separation law derived from a unit-cell model of single pin failure process, which is independent of the fracture toughness of the unreinforced laminate. Therefore, two separate traction-separation laws are employed; one represents unreinforced laminate properties and the other for the enhanced delamination toughness owing to the pin bridging action. This approach can account for the so-called large scale bridging effect and avoid using concentrated pin forces in numerical models, thus removing the mesh-size dependency and permitting more accurate and reliable computational solutions

Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam.
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2012.03.003
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Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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