Observation of damage growth in compressively loaded laminates - The phenomenological aspects of composite-panel-failure under compressive in-plane loading and low-velocity transverse impact are studied experimentally via real-time recording of the failure-propagation event

H. Chai*, W. G. Knauss, C. D. Babcock

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Abstract

An experimental program to determine the phenomenological aspects of composite-panel failure under simultaneous compressive in-plane loading and low-velocity transverse impact [0-75 m/s (0-250 ft/s)] is described. High-speed photography coupled with the shadow-moiré technique is used to record the phenomenon of failure propagation. The information gained from these records, supplemented by plate sectioning and observation for interior damage, has provided information regarding the failure-propagation mechanism. The results show that the failure process can be divided roughly into two phases. In the first phase the plate is impacted, and the resulting response causes interlaminar separation. In the second phase the local damage spreads to the undamaged portion of the plate through a combination of laminae buckling and further delamination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-337
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Mechanics
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1983
Externally publishedYes

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