Combined finite element and peridynamic analyses for predicting failure in a stiffened composite curved panel with a central slot

Erkan Oterkus, Erdogan Madenci, Olaf Weckner, Stewart Silling, Philip Bogert, Alexander Tessler

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This study presents an analysis approach based on a merger of the finite element method and the peridynamic theory. Its validity is established through qualitative and quantitative comparisons against the test results for a stiffened composite curved panel with a central slot under combined internal pressure and axial tension. The predicted initial and final failure loads, as well as the final failure modes, are in close agreement with the experimental observations. This approach demonstrates the capability of the PD approach to assess the durability of complex composite structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-850
Number of pages12
JournalComposite Structures
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012



  • Composites
  • Failure
  • Nonlocal
  • Peridynamic theory
  • Progressive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites

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