Computational Mechanics

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 445–463 | Cite as

A regularized orthotropic continuum damage model for layered composites: intralaminar damage progression and delamination

  • Jaan-Willem SimonEmail author
  • Daniel Höwer
  • Bertram Stier
  • Stefanie Reese
  • Jacob Fish
Original Paper


Predicting progressive damage in composite materials is essential for the design of most lightweight constructions. When laminated composite structures are considered, both intralaminar and interlaminar (delamination) damage evolution need to be addressed. Typically, these different damage modes are treated separately. On the contrary, in this paper, a continuum damage model is presented which is capable of modeling orthotropic damage progression within layers as well as delamination. The model is formulated in a thermodynamically consistent manner. Moreover, the results are mesh independent due to a fracture energy based regularization scheme.


Orthotropic damage model Thermodynamically consistent Damage interaction Layered composites Delamination Regularization 



The authors thank Brett Bednarcyk, whose previous works have been used as basis for the current research. Some of the numerical results of the second example in Chap. 6 have been generated by him. In addition, the first author gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Daimler und Benz Stiftung, the Heinrich Hertz-Stiftung, and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaan-Willem Simon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Höwer
    • 1
  • Bertram Stier
    • 2
  • Stefanie Reese
    • 1
  • Jacob Fish
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Applied MechanicsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Collier Research Corporation, HyperSizerNewport NewsUSA
  3. 3.Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering MechanicsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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