The Influence of Stacking Sequence on Laminate Strength

  • N. J. Pagano
  • R. Byron Pipes
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 34)


Based upon considerations relating to the nature of the interlaminar stresses in composite laminates, an approach is presented to predict the detailed stacking sequence of specific layer orientations which leads to optimum protection against delamination under uniaxial static and fatigue loadings. In particular, it is argued that the interlaminar normal stress as well as the interlaminar shear stress, is instrumental in precipitating delamination and subsequent strength degradation. Correlation with existing experimental evidence of the stacking sequence phenomenon is presented.


Composite Laminate Fatigue Loading Free Body Diagram Boundary Layer Region Lamination Theory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. J. Pagano
    • 1
  • R. Byron Pipes
    • 2
  1. 1.Air Force Materials Laboratory Nonmetallic Materials DivisionWright-Patterson AFBUSA
  2. 2.General Dynamics CorporationFort WorthUSA

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