Evaluation of In-Plane Mode II Fracture Toughness Tests in Unidirectional GFRP — Fracture Simulation Using FEM —

Hirbyuki Kawada, Ikuhiko Hayashi

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In-plane Mode II fracture toughness tests of unidirectional GFRPs are conducted using a four-point shear loading test method. In the previous paper, the effect of the pre-crack length on the fracture toughness was investigated, and the advantage of this test method was also discussed. In this study, the same test method is used to evaluate the fracture toughness of the unidirectional GFRP. The normalized stress intensity factor concerning an orthotropic body of the unidirectional GFRP is calculated by a finite element method. The mode II fracture toughness is found to be constant regardless of pre-crack length. Using the finite element method, the propagation of the damage zone at the initial failure process is obtained. The analytical mode is shown to be quite effective and the initial failure process is well simulated by this modelization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-476
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Society of Materials Science, Japan
Issue number499
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jan 1



  • FEM
  • Four-point shear loading test
  • Fracture toughness
  • GFRP
  • Initial failure process
  • Mode II

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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