Thermomechanical Cohesive Zone Models for the Analysis of Composite Failure under Thermal Gradients and Transients

  • A. Hattiangadi
  • T. Siegmund
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 464)


The coupled thermomechanical numerical analysis of damaged composite structures loaded by temperature transients and gradients is described. The numerical approach presented is based on the framework of cohesive zone models. Traction-separation laws are coupled to heat conduction across the cracks. An implementation of the model into a finite element framework is described. Three examples of application are discussed: (i) interface crack growth; (ii) crack bridging; (iii) application to photothermal imaging.


Heat Flux Energy Release Rate Cohesive Zone Cohesive Strength Cohesive Zone Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Hattiangadi
    • 1
  • T. Siegmund
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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