Fracture and Damage of Composite Laminates

  • P. Gudmundson
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 348)


Models for prediction of fracture and damage in composite laminates are presented. Present knowledge on the controlling mechanisms of fracture and damage are as well discussed. Failure criteria and failure mechanisms are first presented for unidirectional laminates. Models for failure prediction of unidirectional laminates under multiaxial stress states are explained and recommendations are made. The first ply failure and last ply failure criteria for composite laminates composed of plies with varying orientations are then discussed. Fracture mechanics of composite laminates, in particular delaminations, are analysed in detail. Elastic crack tip stress and strain fields are presented for cracks in anisotropic materials as well as for delaminations between dissimilar materials. The last section covers damage mechanics concepts in application to composite laminates. Advantages and disadvantages of the phenomenological and the micromechanical approach are discussed.


Stress Intensity Factor Energy Release Rate Composite Laminate Micromechanical Model Unidirectional Composite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Gudmundson
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  1. 1.Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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