Effects of voids on postbuckling delamination growth in unidirectional composites Academic Article uri icon


  • This work examines the effects of manufacturing induced voids on the postbuckling behavior of delaminated unidirectional composites. In the finite element model developed, a through-width delamination is introduced close to one surface of a flat panel, and a void is placed in the delamination plane ahead of each delamination front. The panel is subjected to compression in the fiber direction. The postbuckling delamination growth is studied by calculating the strain energy release rate (SERR) using the virtual crack closure technique. Local stress analyses of the region near the delamination front are also performed to further investigate the void effects. It is found that although the presence of void does not significantly alter the postbuckling transverse displacement of the delaminated panel, the induced stress perturbation by the void affects the SERR. The Mode II SERR as well as the total SERR increase depending on the size of the void and its distance from the delamination front. Since the Mode I SERR shows non-monotonic behavior with the applied load, the effects of voids are studied on its maximum value. 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zhuang, L., & Talreja, R.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Zhuang, Linqi||Talreja, Ramesh

publication date

  • January 2014