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Scaling effect in notched composites: The Discrete Ply Model approach

Serra, Joël and Bouvet, Christophe and Castanié, Bruno and Petiot, Caroline Scaling effect in notched composites: The Discrete Ply Model approach. (2016) Composite Structures, 148. 127-143. ISSN 0263-8223

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.03.062


Numerical and experimental investigations were carried out on the size effect in notched carbon/epoxy laminates. This paper presents a computational study of scaled open-hole tensile tests using the Discrete Ply Modeling (DPM) method, which has already proven efficient on both in-plane and out-of-plane loading cases, such as pull through, low velocity impact and compression after impact. The specificities of this finite element model are its discrete nature, the small number of parameters required and its robustness. Three different stacking sequences of thin plies coupled with three sizes of coupons having the same length to width ratio were tested. The results show that the model reflects the reduction in strength when the size of the specimen increases. The influence of different parameters such as mesh size, presence of discrete matrix cracks and fiber fracture toughness that should be used for clustered plies, are discussed. Comparisons with experiments demonstrate that tensile strengths, and failure scenarios and patterns are predicted with acceptable accuracy.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-01828731
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Airbus (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:12 Jul 2016 12:54

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