Combined peridynamics and kinetic theory of fracture for fatigue failure of composites under constant and variable amplitude loading

E. Madenci, A. Barut, A. Yaghoobi, N. Phan, R. S. Fertig

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Abstract

This study presents a fatigue model for constant and variable amplitude cyclic loading by combining kinetic theory of fracture (KTF) with peridynamics (PD). The KTF is applicable to constant and variable amplitude loading, and cumulative damage is inherent in the assumptions. Also, it is extremely suitable for implementation in the PD model of laminates. The standard stress versus cycles to failure data for unnotched laminates provides the determination of necessary parameters for the KTF. Using the test data generated by the Air Force Research Laboratory under the Tech Scout Project, the fidelity of this model is established by simulating three different composite laminates with an open-hole under cyclic loads for stiffness reduction and failure progression. The PD predictions agree with the measured reduction in stiffness as a function of number of load cycles. Also, the progressive damage predictions capture the general characteristics of the experimentally observed damage patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102824
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Volume112
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Composites
  • Cyclic loading
  • Damage
  • Fatigue
  • Peridynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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