Investigation of push-out delamination using cohesive zone modelling and acoustic emission technique

Saeedifar, M., Fotouhi, M. and Ahmadi Najafabadi, M. (2016) Investigation of push-out delamination using cohesive zone modelling and acoustic emission technique. Journal of Composite Materials, 50(25), pp. 3577-3588. (doi: 10.1177/0021998315622983)

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Push-out delamination is a serious concern in the drilling of fibre-reinforced composite materials. This damage occurs as the drill reaches the exit side of the material and can reduce the strength and stiffness of the structure. In this paper, a three-point bending test is performed on glass/epoxy-laminated composites to simulate the push-out delamination induced by thrust force during drilling. Cohesive zone modelling and acoustic emission monitoring are utilized to investigate the push-out delamination. Initially, double cantilever beam and end-notched flexure tests were performed to calibrate the cohesive zone modelling model. Following that, the actual loading condition is simulated using cohesive zone modelling-based finite element modelling. Energy of the acoustic emission signals is also used to detect the initiation of the delamination. The results obtained from cohesive zone modelling and acoustic emission showed that the applied methods can be used to understand and predict the initiation of push-out delamination and its progression. Finally, it is concluded that the proposed cohesive zone modelling and acoustic emission techniques can be used in the design stage as well as during the drilling process of laminated composite structures to avoid delamination.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fotouhi, Dr Mohammad
Authors: Saeedifar, M., Fotouhi, M., and Ahmadi Najafabadi, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Journal of Composite Materials
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1530-793X
Published Online:18 December 2015

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