Prediction of Damage Propagation and Failure of Composite Structures (Without Testing)

  • G. Labeas


The increasing application of advanced fibrous composites as primary structural materials in aerospace, marine and automotive applications has resulted in the need of developing reliable methods to predict the performance of composite structures beyond initial local failure. The partial replacement of testing in the prediction of damage propagation and failure mechanisms in composite structures beyond the first failure has been motivated by the high cost and difficulty of extensive experiments on composite structures, especially at high- or full-scale level.

In the current chapter, the basics of the progressive damage modeling (PDM) methodology, comprising three major components, that is, computational model, failure analysis and representation of damage evolution, are implemented in the prediction of structural response and demonstrated in the case of different composite structures, at various scale levels, including the multiscale. PDM demonstrations include composite open-hole panels, bolted joints, bonded repairs and carbon nanotube reinforced structures.


Failure Mode Representative Volume Element Stress Intensity Factor Composite Plate Fibre Failure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Technology and Strength of MaterialsUniversity of Patras, Panepistimioupolis Rion26500 PatrasGreece

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