Influence of ply cluster thickness and location on matrix cracking evolution in open-hole composite laminates Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2016

start page

  • 40

end page

  • 47


  • 95

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1359-8368

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1069


  • The influence of cluster thickness and its position on the damage evolution of open-hole composite laminates, subjected to uniaxial in-plane tensile loads, is studied in this work. The Discrete Damage Mechanics model of Barbero-Cortes augmented by a fiber damage criterion is employed. Several stacking sequences with clusters in different positions and thicknesses inside the laminate are analyzed. The influence of cluster thickness and its location on: the crack-density evolution, applied load, longitudinal stress and its contour plots is studied for all the stacking sequences selected.


  • Mechanical Engineering


  • b. stress concentration; b. strength; c. damage mechanics; c. numerical analysis; open-hole composite laminates