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Cohesive Laws for Delamination of CFRP: Experiments and Model

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Ulf Stigh

University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden

Paper No. IMECE2010-37482, pp. 45-50; 6 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4446-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In the present paper, we study delamination of a carbon fibre reinforced composite at a small length scale, i.e. without consideration of crack bridging. The study is performed within the framework of cohesive modelling. We propose methods based on the applications of the path independent J-integral to measure the cohesive law for delamination. With a DCB-specimen, the cohesive law corresponding to mode I loading is measured and with an ENF-specimen, the law corresponding to mode II loading is measured. These laws are used to calibrate a mixed-mode cohesive law. It is argued that the most important parameters of a cohesive law are the ability to provide the correct fracture energy and strength. The cohesive law is developed using a minimum of adjustable parameters to provide a transparent calibration process.

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