Damage tolerance of fully orthotropic laminates in compression

Baker, N., Butler, R. and York, C.B. (2012) Damage tolerance of fully orthotropic laminates in compression. Composites Science and Technology, 72(10), pp. 1083-1089. (doi: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2011.09.010)

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The compression after impact (CAI) strength of fully orthotropic composite laminates with up to 21 plies is presented, as analysed by an existing strip model. Candidate layups, which can be symmetric, anti-symmetric or non-symmetric, are preselected to exhibit no elastic coupling response, with manufacturing rules applied. These criteria, along with the use of a simple surrogate sublaminate buckling model, were chosen to allow analysis of all feasible laminates in the design space without excessive computation time. Results indicate that although the inclusion of non-symmetric layups in the design space does not give benefits with respect to maximum achievable damage tolerance, these laminates can exhibit damage tolerance close to that of an anti-symmetric design for some ply counts, and better than symmetric solutions in most cases. It is also noted that in some instances increasing the number of plies in a laminate can actually reduce the highest achievable threshold load for damage tolerance, as a result of the large influence Poisson’s ratio has on sublaminate buckling. Average errors in the surrogate model were low in all cases, with maximum non-conservative errors less than 1%. The surrogate buckling model reduced computational time by over 99% when compared to the fully exhaustive search.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:York, Dr Christopher
Authors: Baker, N., Butler, R., and York, C.B.
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Composites Science and Technology
ISSN (Online):1879-1050
Published Online:19 September 2011

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