A conforming augmented finite element method (C-AFEM) is extended to predict the failure process in inter-ply of fiber-reinforced composite laminates. Combining with cohesive zone model (CZM) element, the delamination between inter-plies can also be captured. Matrix fracture, fiber fracture and delamination in inter-plies will occur when the composite laminate fracture, which is a complicated process, and the current method appears capable of modelling failure mechanism of composite laminates, which is demonstrated mesh-independent, high-fidelity and robust. Different stacking open-hole composite laminates subject to tension load are tested by electrical measurement and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) system. The proposed C-AFEM is applied to model progressive failure of open-hole composite laminates and results are found to agree with experiments very well.
- Conforming augmented finite element method
- Open-hole composite laminates
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Civil and Structural Engineering