We have developed a mechanical model of the mixed-mode bending (MMB) test, whereby the specimen is considered as an assemblage of two identical sublaminates, modelled as Timoshenko beams. The sublaminates are partly connected by a linearly elastic–brittle interface, transmitting stresses along both the normal and tangential directions with respect to the interface plane. The model is described by a set of suitable differential equations and boundary conditions. Based on the explicit solution of this problem and following an approach already adopted to model buckling-driven delamination growth in fatigue, we analyse the response of the MMB test specimen under cyclic loads. Exploiting the available analytical solution, we apply a fracture mode-dependent fatigue growth law. As a result, the number of cycles needed for a delamination to extend to a given length can be predicted.

An elastic-interface model for the mixed-mode bending test under cyclic loads

BENNATI, STEFANO
Supervision
;
VALVO, PAOLO SEBASTIANO
Writing – Review & Editing
2016

Abstract

We have developed a mechanical model of the mixed-mode bending (MMB) test, whereby the specimen is considered as an assemblage of two identical sublaminates, modelled as Timoshenko beams. The sublaminates are partly connected by a linearly elastic–brittle interface, transmitting stresses along both the normal and tangential directions with respect to the interface plane. The model is described by a set of suitable differential equations and boundary conditions. Based on the explicit solution of this problem and following an approach already adopted to model buckling-driven delamination growth in fatigue, we analyse the response of the MMB test specimen under cyclic loads. Exploiting the available analytical solution, we apply a fracture mode-dependent fatigue growth law. As a result, the number of cycles needed for a delamination to extend to a given length can be predicted.
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