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Three-Dimensional Cohesive Modeling of Impact Damage of Composites


Yu, Chengxiang Rena (2001) Three-Dimensional Cohesive Modeling of Impact Damage of Composites. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/nd8e-tc84.


The objective of this work is to establish the applicability of cohesive theories of fracture in situations involving material interface, material heterogeneity (e.g., layered composites), material anisotropy(e.g., fiber-reinforced composites), shear cracks, intersonic dynamic crack growth and dynamic crack branching. The widely used cohesive model is extended to orthotropic range. The so-developed computational tool, completed by a self-adaptive fracture procedure and a frictional contact algorithm, is capable of following the evolution of three-dimensional damage processes, modeling the progressive decohesion of interfaces and anisotropic materials. The material parameters required by cohesive laws are directly obtained from static experiments. The ability of the methodology to simulate diverse problems such as delamination between fibers of graphite/epoxy composites, as well as sandwich structures and branching within brittle bulk materials has been demonstrated.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Aeronautics; Applied and Computational Mathematics, cohesive fracture; impact damage; composites
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Minor Option:Applied And Computational Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Ortiz, Michael
Thesis Committee:
  • Rosakis, Ares J. (chair)
  • Beck, James L.
  • Hou, Thomas Y.
  • Ortiz, Michael
  • Pandolfi, Anna
Defense Date:22 May 2001
Non-Caltech Author Email:rena (AT)
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Army Research Office (ARO)DAAH04-96-1-0056
Department of Energy (DOE)UNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:10112010-130530819
Persistent URL:
Yu, Chengxiang Rena0000-0003-4176-0324
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:6126
Deposited On:11 Oct 2010 21:10
Last Modified:16 Apr 2020 17:06

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