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Growth of interface cracks on consecutive fibers: on the same or on the opposite sides?

Abstract : The growth of fiber/matrix interface cracks (debonds) located on consecutive fibers along the through-the-thickness direction is studied in glass fiber-epoxy UD composites. Two different families of Representative Volume Elements (RVEs) are developed: the first implements the classic condition of coupling of the vertical displacements to model a unit cell repeating symmetrically along the vertical (through-the-thickness) direction; the second uses a novel set of boundary conditions, proposed here by the authors, to represent a unit cell repeating anti-symmetrically along the vertical direction. The model is analyzed in the context of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM) and the Mode I and Mode II Energy Release Rate are evaluated to investigate crack growth. The calculation is performed using the Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT) and the evaluation of the J-Integral in the framework of the Finite Element Method (FEM). It is found that Mode I dominated propagation is favored when debonds are located on the same sides of their respective fibers, while larger debond sizes can be achieved in Mode II dominated growth when they lie on the opposite sides. No effect is present when at least two fully bonded fibers are located between the partially debonded ones.
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Luca Di Stasio, Janis Varna, Zoubir Ayadi. Growth of interface cracks on consecutive fibers: on the same or on the opposite sides?. 12th International Conference on Composite Science and Technology, May 2019, Sorrento, Italy. ⟨hal-02187507⟩

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