Damage Mechanics and Fatigue Life Assessment of Composite Materials Academic Article uri icon


  • The present state of fatigue life assessment of composite materials is largely empirical. This paper discusses how the discipline of damage mechanics can elevate this status to a mechanisms-based methodology. Specific topics addressed are mechanisms of fatigue damage, characterization of damage and its evolution, criticality of damage and prediction of fatigue life. Data and analysis results for cross ply laminates are used to illustrate and discuss the topics.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Damage Mechanics

author list (cited authors)

  • Talreja, R.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Talreja, Ramesh

publication date

  • October 1999