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Matrix Crack Effects on Composite Beams with Damage Tolerant Non-Traditional Layups

G. Sarangapani1, Ranjan Ganguli2
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Structural Durability & Health Monitoring 2013, 9(1), 67-86.


Two traditional layups built from 0°/45°/90° plies and two recently proposed alternative non-traditional layups built from 5° /65° plies are analyzed in this paper. It was recently shown experimentally that using such off-axis plies in a composite laminate will result in a more damage tolerant structure. A cantilever beam with two traditional layup composite laminates and two non-traditional layup composite laminates is considered in this paper. Both traditional and non-traditional layup schemes are chosen such that they are "hard" laminates, i.e, much stiffer in the longitudinal direction than the lateral direction. The damage is simulated on the beams using a matrix crack model. The reduction in extensional and flexural modulus is discussed for both traditional and non-traditional laminates with different damage levels in the beam. For traditional and non-traditional composite laminates, the tip deflection of beam with constant tip loading and natural frequencies for different damage levels is determined and presented. It is found that the non-traditional layups tend to moderate the behavior of the traditional layups and show better damage tolerance with respect to matrix cracking.


Non-traditional laminates, Off-axis plies, Matrix crack, Composites, Cantilever beam, Frequency.

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Sarangapani, G., Ganguli, R. (2013). Matrix Crack Effects on Composite Beams with Damage Tolerant Non-Traditional Layups. Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, 9(1), 67–86.

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