Design and Analysis of Orthotropic Composite Materials Through a Mixed Mode Cohesive Crack Simulation

  • S. Valente
  • A. Carpinteri


A Mixed Mode crack analysis is applied to simulate the failure mechanism of the Iosipescu shear test for a fibre-reinforced composite. The stability of the curvilinear crack trajectory appears to be sensitive to the ratio between the principal strengths. For a strongly orthotropic material, the zig-zag trajectory results to be alternately parallel to the fibres or directed towards the loading point.


Crack Opening Displacement Orthotropic Material Cohesive Crack Model Crack Trajectory Adhesion Shear Strength 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Valente
    • 1
  • A. Carpinteri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Structural EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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