Dynamic Interaction of Multiple Damage Mechanisms in Composite Structures

  • Roberta MassabòEmail author


The chapter deals with the problem of the interaction of multiple damage mechanisms in multilayered and sandwich structures subject to static and dynamic loading conditions. The effects of the interaction on the mechanical behavior of composite systems are studied by means of one-dimensional models based on par-ticularizations of the theories of bending of beams and plates. The study shows that the interaction of multiple delaminations in laminated and multilayered systems subject to out of plane loadings profoundly affects crack growth characteristics and different key properties;controlled delamination fracture, via material and structure design, can improve impact and damage tolerance and energy absorption.


Energy Release Rate Root Rotation Sandwich Beam Homogeneous Beam Indentation Response 
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The author would like to acknowledge support by the U.S. Office of Naval Research through contract no. N00014-05-1-0098, administered by Dr. Yapa D.S. Rajapakse. The work presented in this chapter has been done in collaboration with the following researchers:B.N. Cox, M.G. Andrews, A. Cavicchi and F. Campi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural EngineeringUniversity of GenovaVia MontallegroItaly

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