Applied Composite Materials

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 55–76 | Cite as

Interfacial Crack Arrest in Sandwich Panels with Embedded Crack Stoppers Subjected to Fatigue Loading



A novel crack arresting device has been implemented in sandwich panels and tested using a special rig to apply out-of-plane loading on the sandwich panel face-sheets. Fatigue crack propagation was induced in the face-core interface of the sandwich panels which met the crack arrester. The effect of the embedded crack arresters was evaluated in terms of the achieved enhancement of the damage tolerance of the tested sandwich panels. A finite element (FE) model of the experimental setup was used for predicting propagation rates and direction of the crack growth. The FE simulation was based on the adoption of linear fracture mechanics and a fatigue propagation law (i.e. Paris law) to predict the residual fatigue life-time and behaviour of the test specimens. Finally, a comparison between the experimental results and the numerical simulations was made to validate the numerical predictions as well as the overall performance of the crack arresters.


Sandwich structures Composites Finite element analysis Fracture mechanics Fatigue 



The work was sponsored by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Technology & Production Sciences (FTP) under the research grant “Enhanced Performance of Sandwich Structures by Improved Damage Tolerance” (SANTOL) (Grant 10082020). The Divinycell H100 material used in this study was provided for free by DIAB A/S. The work has been conducted in collaboration with and co-sponsored by the Technical University of Denmark, Aalborg University, Denmark, the University of Southampton, UK, Siemens Wind Power A/S, Denmark, and LM Wind Power Blades A/S, Denmark.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringAalborg UniversityAalborg EastDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkKgs. LyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.Faculty of Engineering and the EnvironmentUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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