A continuum mechanics characterization of damage in composite materials Academic Article uri icon


  • The mechanical response of a composite material damaged in fatigue, or in any other loading mode, is characterized by a set of vector fields, each representing a damage mode. Constitutive equations are derived for isothermal small-deformation behaviour following attainment of a damage state. For small damage, the elastic constants of a damage state are related to those of the undamaged state. The usefulness of these relations in characterizing the development of damage, for instance during fatigue, is discussed.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Talreja, R

citation count

  • 291

complete list of authors

  • Talreja, R

publication date

  • June 1985