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Properties degradation induced by transverse cracks in general symmetric laminates

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>15/08/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number17
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)5499-5517
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper presents the details of a methodology for predicting the thermoelastic properties degradation in general symmetric laminates with uniform ply cracks in some or all of the 90 degrees layers. First, a stress transfer method is derived by using the concept of state space equation. The laminate can be subjected to any combination of in-plane biaxial and shear loading, and the uniform thermal loading is also taken into account. The method takes into account all independent material constants and guarantees continuous fields of all interlaminar stresses across interfaces between material layers. By this method, a laminate may be composed of an arbitrary number of monoclinic layers and each layer may have different material property and thickness. Second, the concept of the effective thermoelastic properties of a cracked laminate is introduced. Based on the numerical solutions of specially designed loading cases, the effective thermoelastic constants of a cracked laminate can be obtained. Finally, the applications of the methodology are shown by numerical examples and compared with numerical results from other models and experiment data in the literature. It is found that the theory provides good predictions of the thermoelastic properties degradation in general symmetric laminates. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.