Micromechanics-based modeling of damage evolution in viscoelastic composites Conference Paper uri icon


  • Damage in composite laminates affects their overall viscoelastic response. Previous research has been focused on developing constitutive equations for these materials considering a fixed state of damage. A complete description, however, requires suitable damage evolution laws. This paper is focused on studying damage evolution in viscoelastic laminates using a computational micromechanics approach. We use cohesive finite elements to study nucleation and subsequent growth of a transverse crack between two existing cracks in the 90 layer of a linear viscoelastic cross-ply laminate. The effect of loading rate, thickness of 90 ply and initial crack density on the evolution of a new crack is investigated.

published proceedings

  • 11th International Conference on Fracture 2005, ICF11

author list (cited authors)

  • Kumar, R. S., & Talreja, R.

complete list of authors

  • Kumar, RS||Talreja, R

publication date

  • December 2005