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Damage Growth in Aerospace Composites

  • Aniello Riccio
  • Introduces novel numerical approaches for simulation of damage evolution in aerospace composites

  • Provides a state-of-the-art evaluation of European research projects

  • Presents collaborative activities involving work teams addressing design, stress analysis, mechanical testing, manufacturing, and non-destructive evaluation


Part of the Springer Aerospace Technology book series (SAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Aniello Riccio, Tomas Ireman
    Pages 1-6
  3. Detailed Methodologies for Damage Growth in Aerospace Composites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Javier San Millán, Iñaki Armendáriz
      Pages 63-88
    3. Aniello Riccio, Andrea Sellitto, Rocco Ricchiuto
      Pages 89-105
    4. Cédric Huchette, Thomas Vandellos, Frédéric Laurin
      Pages 107-140
    5. Janis Varna
      Pages 141-173
  4. Fast Methodologies for Damage Growth in Aerospace Composites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Sören Nilsson, Alann André, Anders Bredberg
      Pages 177-185
  5. Manufacturing and Testing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Sören Nilsson, Alann André, Anders Bredberg
      Pages 223-230
    3. Vincenza Antonucci, Mauro Zarrelli
      Pages 249-261
    4. Carosena Meola, Giovanni Maria Carlomagno
      Pages 263-279

About this book


This book presents novel methods for the simulation of damage evolution in aerospace composites that will assist in predicting damage onset and growth and thus foster less conservative designs which realize the promised economic benefits of composite materials. The presented integrated numerical/experimental methodologies are capable of taking into account the presence of damage and its evolution in composite structures from the early phases of the design (conceptual design) through to the detailed finite element method analysis and verification phase. The book is based on the GARTEUR Research Project AG-32, which ran from 2007 to 2012, and documents the main results of that project. In addition, the state of the art in European projects on damage evolution in composites is reviewed. While the high specific strength and stiffness of composite materials make them suitable for aerospace structures, their sensitivity to damage means that designing with composites is a challenging task. The new approaches described here will prove invaluable in meeting that challenge.


Aerospace Composite Materials Composites' Damage Mechanisms Damage Tolerant Design Delamination Growth GARTEUR Research Project AG-32

Editors and affiliations

  • Aniello Riccio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Information EngineeringSecond University of NaplesAversaItaly

About the editors

Aniello Riccio is Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Second University of Naples, Italy.

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