A micromechanics based model for predicting fatigue life of composite laminates Conference Paper uri icon


  • The current practice, as well as the hitherto proposed models, for assessment of fatigue life of composite laminates rely largely on experimental fatigue life data. In this paper, we propose a methodology for fatigue life prediction that utilizes a micromechanics based evaluation of damage evolution in conjunction with a semi-empirical fatigue failure criterion. The specific case treated is that of cross ply laminates under cyclic tension. The predicted results are compared with experimental data for several glass/epoxy and carbon/epoxy laminates, and good agreement is found. Published by Elsevier Science S.A.

published proceedings

  • Materials Science and Engineering: A

author list (cited authors)

  • Akshantala, N. V., & Talreja, R

citation count

  • 49

complete list of authors

  • Akshantala, Nagendra V||Talreja, Ramesh

publication date

  • June 2000