• 6.2019-1545

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An approach based on the cohesive zone model for analyzing fatigue-driven delamination in composite structures under cyclic loading is presented. The proposed technique, called “Min-Max Load Approach”, is able to dynamically capture the local stress ratio during the evolution of damage. The possibility to know the local stress ratio is relevant in all the situations where its value is different from the applied load ratio and cannot be determined a priori. In a single Finite Element analysis, two identical models are analyzed with two different constant loads, the minimum and the maximum load during the fatigue cycle. The implemented methodology allows the two models to interact with each other, by exchanging information to correctly calculate the crack growth rate. At first, the approach has been validated in simulations of mode I and mixed-mode propagation by using Double Cantilever Beam and Mixed-Mode Bending. Then, to prove the effectiveness of the developed methodology, a modified version of the Mixed-Mode Bending test has been numerically investigated. In this test, the mode I and mode II components of the load are decoupled and applied independently, resulting in a local stress ratio different from the applied load ratio.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
Subtitle of host publication7-11 January 2019, San Diego, California, USA
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-578-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 201911 Jan 2019


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address

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