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