A computational model for predicting damage evolution in laminated composite plates Academic Article uri icon


  • A model is developed herein for predicting the evolution of interface degradation, matrix cracking, and delamination at multiple sites in laminated continuous fiber composite plates subjected to monotonic and/or cyclic mechanical loading. Due to the complicated nature of the many cracks and their interactions, a multi-scale micro-meso-local-global methodology is deployed in order to model all damage modes. Interface degradation is first modeled analytically on the microscale, and the results are homogenized to produce a cohesive zone model that is capable of predicting interface fracture. Subsequently, matrix cracking in the plies is modeled analytically on the meso-scale, and this result is homogenized to produce ply level damage dependent constitutive equations. The evolution of delaminations is considered on the local scale, and this effect is modeled using a three dimensional finite element algorithm. Results of this analysis are homogenized to produce damage dependent laminate equations. Finally, global response of the damaged plate is modeled using a plate finite element algorithm. Evolution of all three modes of damage is predicted via interfacing all four scales into a single multi-scale algorithm that is computationally tenable for use on a desktop computer. Results obtained herein suggest that this model may be capable of accurately predicting complex damage patterns such as that observed at open holes in laminated plates.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Phillips, M. L., Yoon, C., & Allen, D. H.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Phillips, ML||Yoon, C||Allen, DH

publication date

  • January 1999