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Strength prediction of notched woven composite plates using a cohesive zone approach

Ahmad, Mohd Hilton and Crocombe, Andrew D. and Smith, Paul A. (2014) Strength prediction of notched woven composite plates using a cohesive zone approach. Advanced Materials Research, 845. pp. 199-203. ISSN 1662-8985


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The present paper is concerned with modelling damage and fracture in notched woven fabric composites. Previous experimental work has shown that damage at a notch in a variety of GFRP and CFRP composites based on woven fabric reinforcement comprises matrix damage and fibre tow fracture along the plane of maximum stress. It is these experimental observations that inform the failure modelling developed here, in which a cohesive zone approach is used within a 2- D finite element framework. The cohesive zone parameters are based on previously reported experimental measurements for the strength and toughness of the woven fabric materials under investigation. The approach is shown to provide predictions of notched strength that are in very good agreement (less than 11% discrepancy) with experimental results from the literature for a range of GFRP and CFRP woven fabric systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cohesive zone model; notched plate; strength prediction; woven composites
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401-492 Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials
Divisions: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Structural and Material Engineering
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2013 07:33
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2013 07:33
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4661
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