Distributed damage in composites, theory and verification

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A model that accounts for the effect of structural changes, resulting from the application of loads, in composite materials is developed. Such changes are incorporated in the theory through a tensor form of a damage variable. The model extends the theory of elasticity and it accounts for certain important properties observed in composite materials. The parameters involved in the theory are identified and determined from available experimental data. Back prediction of test results, for two different composite materials, verifies the theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-184
Number of pages20
JournalComposite Structures
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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