Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 441–450 | Cite as

Estimation of laminate stiffness reduction due to cracking of a transverse ply by employing crack initiation-and propagation-based master curves

  • J. Andersons
  • E. Spārniņš
  • O. Rubenis
  • R. Joffe

The applicability range of toughness-and strength-based criteria for progressive cracking of a transverse layer in a cross-ply composite laminate subjected to tensile loading is considered. Using a deterministic cracking model, approximate relations for the crack density as a function of stress are derived for initiation-and propagation-controlled types of cracking. The master-curve approach is applied to progressive cracking in glass/epoxy laminates. The accuracy of estimation of laminate stiffness reduction by using crack density master curves is evaluated.


polymer-matrix composite laminate intralaminar cracking stiffness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Andersons
    • 1
  • E. Spārniņš
    • 1
  • O. Rubenis
    • 1
  • R. Joffe
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Polymer MechanicsUniversity of LatviaRigaLatvia
  2. 2.Division of Polymer EngineeringLuleå University of TechnologyLuleåSweden

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