Delamination growth and buckling in an orthotropic strip

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This study presents an analytical solution to the problem of delamination growth and buckling in an orthotropic strip. Growth of an initially imperfect delamination located in the midplane of the strip is addressed when the applied stress is below the bifurcation point. The results for the buckling stress are also provided in the case of perfect delamination surfaces. Delamination growth and buckling is a commonly observed failure mode in laminated structures; this type of failure mode may cause structural degradation or stiffness reduction and leads ultimately to premature failure at stresses well below the design levels for an undamaged laminate. Under compression loading, the nature of the delamination response, which involves the interaction of delamination growth and buckling, is addressed by employing the governing equations of clastic stability under plane strain assumptions. Solutions to the problem of an orthotropic strip with a through-width delaminalion subjected to uniaxial compression are obtained by using mathematical techniques appropriate for mixed boundary value problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1773-1788
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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