Composite Fracture

  • Kheng Lim Goh
Part of the Engineering Materials and Processes book series (EMP)


When a DFRC is acted upon by an external load, the initial response of the DFRC to the external load is regulated by elastic stress transfer mechanism. When the DFRC yields, intermediate modes of failures occur and these modes regulate the yielding behaviour of the DFRC. Thereafter plastic stress transfer occurs; the matrix is largely in a plastic state while the fibres are in an elastic state. As the external load increases, eventually the fibres yield and DFRC becomes a plastic composite. In the final stage, other modes of failure, namely fibre pull-out, fibre rupture and matrix rupture, occur during the loading process, resulting in a complete fracture of the DFRC. This chapter presents simple order-of-magnitude estimates of the energies associated with the processes of fibre pull-out, fibre rupture and matrix rupture in the run-up to composite rupture. Mathematical models for the total work of fracture of the DFRC are presented to indicate how the respective processes contribute to total energy for fracturing the DFRC.


Fibre reinforced composites Fibre pull-out Fibre rupture Matrix rupture Work of fracture Probabilistic fracture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Systems EngineeringNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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