Analytical and finite element comparisons of stress intensity factors of composite materials

Dirikolu M. , Aktas A.

COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, vol.50, no.1, pp.99-102, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0263-8223(00)00083-0
  • Title of Journal : COMPOSITE STRUCTURES
  • Page Numbers: pp.99-102


In this paper, a comparative study regarding the determination of stress intensity factors (SIF) for non-standard thin composite plates is presented. Carbon-epoxy composite plates are considered for the study. Unnotched specimens and specimens containing either 4, 6 or 8 mm diameter holes are prepared and then tested. Based on the experimental data thus obtained, two analytical approaches and a finite element fracture analysis tool called FRANC2DL have been used to compare the critical SIF values for this composite material. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.