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A new interface element connecting 3D finite elements with non-coincident nodes to simulate delamination in composite laminates

Trellu, Antoine and Bouvet, Christophe and Rivallant, Samuel and Ratsifandrihana, Léon A new interface element connecting 3D finite elements with non-coincident nodes to simulate delamination in composite laminates. (2020) Composite Structures, 252. ISSN 0263-8223

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.112694


Composite failure phenomena remain complex and lead to over‐size structures in many industries, involving long and costly experimental campaigns. Numerical approaches are a good alternative to decrease sizing costs. The Discrete Ply Model developed in Institut Clément Ader over these last ten years shows good results in simulation of impact and compression after impact of composite laminates, ply drop‐offs, open hole tensile tests… But the present approach leads to certain limitations for complex stacking sequences and induces unwanted characteristic lengths between consecutive plies. A user element for delamination calculation is developed that allows to define an interface corresponding to the overlapping zone between the two volume elements of upper and lower plies, whereas this overlapping zone is not directly defined by nodes of the mesh (volume elements have non‐coincident nodes). The present paper details the new interface element implementation, its validation from DCB and ENF test simulations, and then its improvement is discussed.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02954039
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)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Segula Technologies (FRANCE)
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