Integration of Macro- and MicroDamage Mechanics for the Performance Evaluation of Composite Materials
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When subjected to mechanical loads, composite materials can generate complex configurations of multiple cracks that collectively change the average material response and thereby the performance, e.g., the fatigue life. Over many years, various approaches have been developed to predict the properties of composite materials with damage, but none of them is capable of treating other than a few special cases. In this paper, we address the two main approaches, described as macro- and microdamage mechanics, and demonstrate that, by integrating these in a combined approach, an effective methodology for performance evaluation can be achieved to treat a broad range of composite materials. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Mechanics of Composite Materials
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