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Experimental and numerical analysis of unfolding failure of L-shaped CFRP specimens

Journoud, pierre and Bouvet, Christophe and Castanié, Bruno and Laurin, Frédéric and Ratsifandrihana, Léon Experimental and numerical analysis of unfolding failure of L-shaped CFRP specimens. (2020) Composite Structures, 232. ISSN 0263-8223

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2019.111563


Highly curved laminated parts are used at the junction between two different perpendicular panels on aircraft primary structures. Usually, these laminates fail by delamination due to a bending moment, which appears when the part is loaded. The bending moment tries to flatten the part and out-of-plane tensile stresses are generated in the curvature. This failure is traditionally called unfolding failure. The modelling strategy called the ‘Discrete Ply Model’ (DPM) is used to simulate four-point bending tests on L-angle specimens. Experimental results of four point bending tests carried out at ONERA are used to validate the approach. Four different stacking sequences with the same thickness are taken into consideration in this study. In a second part, a sensitivity analysis on frictional coefficient, intralaminar matrix cracking, transverse tensile and shearing strength, and critical energy release rate in modes I and II is performed numerically and provides an original explanation of the failure scenario and the most influential parameter.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution: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)
French research institutions > Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales - ONERA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Segula Technologies (FRANCE)
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