Effect of ply thickness on transverse crack initiation in CFRP cross-ply laminates under fatigue loading

Ken Kurihara, Atsushi Hosoi, Narumichi Sato, Hiroyuki Kawada

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    Abstract

    The effect of ply thickness on the formation of first transverse crack caused in cross-ply carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminates was evaluated under fatigue loading. In addition, the initiation process of the transverse crack was observed with an atomic force microscopy (AFM) in detail. The formation of the first transverse crack was evaluated quantitatively with the power law between the transverse crack density growth rate and the normalized energy release rate range associated with transverse crack formation. The analytical results showed good agreement with the experimental results. Moreover, from the analytical results with the cross-ply [0/906]s and [02/9012]s laminates, it was shown that the fatigue life to the formation of the first transverse crack in [0/906]s is approximately 100 times longer than that in [02/9012]s. Furthermore, as the results observed the process of the transverse crack initiation with AFM, it was cleared that matrix resins around fibers were uplifted on the laminate edge surface due to cyclic loading. The observation results indicate that the micro cracks are initiated at the interface between fiber and matrix resin by the stress concentration due to the uplift of matrix resins, that the micro cracks grow to the thickness direction in 90° plies with concatenating the interfacial cracks and that the transverse crack is formed finally.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-265
    Number of pages17
    JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
    Volume79
    Issue number799
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Carbon fiber reinforced plastics
    Crack initiation
    Laminates
    Fatigue of materials
    Cracks
    Resins
    Atomic force microscopy
    Plastic laminates
    carbon fiber reinforced plastic
    Fibers
    Energy release rate
    Stress concentration

    Keywords

    • CFRP
    • Fatigue
    • Initiation
    • Prediction
    • Transverse Crack

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Materials Science(all)

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