Computational Methodology for Modeling Fracture in Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites Academic Article uri icon


  • A framework is presented for analyzing the inelastic behavior and fracture of polymer matrix composites. Physics-based viscoplastic constitutive equations are used and supplemented with a matrix cracking model and an energy-based debonding model. The capabilities of the framework are illustrated by finite-element solutions of boundary-value problems under plane strain conditions using the unit-cell concept. In the application, focus is centered on the effect of manufacturing induced voids on local modes of fracture under both tension and compression. 2009 ASCE.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Aerospace Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Benzerga, A. A., Poulain, X., Chowdhury, K. A., & Talreja, R.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Benzerga, AA||Poulain, X||Chowdhury, KA||Talreja, R

publication date

  • July 2009