The study of buckling and post-buckling behavior of laminated composites consisting multiple delaminations using acoustic emission

Sobhani, A., Saeedifar, M., Najafabadi, M. A., Fotouhi, M. and Zarouchas, D. (2018) The study of buckling and post-buckling behavior of laminated composites consisting multiple delaminations using acoustic emission. Thin-Walled Structures, 127, pp. 145-156. (doi:10.1016/j.tws.2018.02.011)

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Abstract

This study introduces a comprehensive set of designed and tested glass/epoxy composites, AE monitoring and signal processing techniques; (i) to investigate the effect of multiple delaminations on buckling and post-buckling behaviors of laminated composites and (ii) to evaluate Acoustic Emission (AE) technique ability to monitor the buckling delamination growth and to classify the occurred damage mechanisms. The pre-delaminations were made by inserting a Teflon film at the plies interfaces during fabrication. Three different types of specimens were fabricated and subjected to compression loading to study the effects of the location, the number of delaminations, and the thickness of the Teflon film on buckling and post-buckling behaviors of the specimens. The mechanical results showed that the number of delaminations has a major effect on the critical and maximum loads and the location of delamination and the thickness of the Teflon film have minor effects on the critical and maximum loads. The AE signals of the specimens were then classified using Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) and the evolution of different damage mechanisms was investigated. The AE results showed that AE is a robust technique to classify damage mechanisms in buckling of laminated composites and could identify delamination propagation earlier and with a lower standard deviation, compared with the conventional methods.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fotouhi, Dr Mohammad
Authors: Sobhani, A., Saeedifar, M., Najafabadi, M. A., Fotouhi, M., and Zarouchas, D.
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Journal Name:Thin-Walled Structures
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0263-8231
ISSN (Online):1879-3223
Published Online:14 February 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Thin-Walled Structures 127: 145-156
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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