Slip, stick, and reverse slip characteristics during dynamic fibre pullout

N. Sridhar, Q. D. Yang, B. N. Cox

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Inertial effects in the mechanism of fibre pullout (or push-in) are examined, with emphasis on how the rate of propagation of stress waves along the fibre, and thence the pullout dynamics, are governed by friction and the propagation of companion waves excited in the matrix. With a simple shear lag model (assuming zero debond energy at the fibre/matrix interface), the effect of uniform frictional coupling between the fibre and the matrix is accounted for in a straightforward way. Analytical solutions are derived when the pullout load increases linearly in time. The process zone of activated material is generally divided into two or three domains along the axis of the fibre. Within these domains, slip in the sense implied by the load, slip in the opposite sense (reverse slip), and stick may be observed. The attainable combinations define three regimes of behavior, which are realized for different material parameter values. The elastodynamic problem is also solved more accurately using a plane stress finite element method, with friction represented by an interfacial cohesive zone. The predictions of the shear lag theory are broadly confirmed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1215-1241
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamics
  • Fibre-reinforced composite material
  • Finite elements
  • Friction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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