Effects of mean load on interlaminar fracture behavior of carbon-epoxy prepreg fabric laminates under Mode I fatigue loading

Mode I delamination fatigue crack growth behavior was investigated in a carbon-epoxy prepreg fabric laminate by evaluating the mean load effects. The fatigue crack growth rate was determined as a function of the maximum Mode I strain energy release rate considering an exponential fitting function according to the Compliance Based Beam Method (CBBM). Classical data reduction techniques were combined with the proposed method, indicating less scatter on results and satisfying basic assumptions of smoothness and continuity for the fatigue crack growth process. The delamination growth rate curve proved to be strongly affected by the applied mean load as the fatigue onset delamination. The number of cycles to onset is higher for lower load levels and, considering the stable propagation region, a higher delamination growth rate was reported for higher load levels. The fractographic analysis has confirmed the effects of cyclic loading and the mean load levels on fracture surfaces. For a higher mean load, failure mechanisms expose static aspects and substantial presence of microcracks at fiber imprints, while, under lower mean load were noticed significant wear and plasticity and featureless fiber tracks.

» Author: Natália Ribeiro Marinho, Mariano Andrés Arbelo, Geraldo Maurício Candido, Rita de Cássia Mendonça Sales, Maurício Vicente Donadon

» Publication Date: 15/11/2021

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 737882.


            

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