Damage in composite laminates: Effects of transverse cracks

C. T. Herakovich*, J. Aboudi, S. W. Lee, E. A. Strauss

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Two different methods of solution are used to study the effects of transverse cracks in cross-ply composite laminates. The results of an approximate analytical solution are compared with those obtained using a finite element analysis in order to study the effects of transverse cracks on the degradation of elastic and thermal coefficients as well as stress distributions. In particular, it is shown that transverse cracks cause significant degradation of the Poisson's ratio and shear modulus of the laminates, and also affect some stress distributions in a peculiar manner. Theoretical results are compared with existing experimental results where appropriate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-107
Number of pages17
JournalMechanics of Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Hercules Incorporated
Center for Innovative Technology


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