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An Improved Model for Fiber Kinking Analysis of Unidirectional Laminated Composites

A. Kabiri Ataabadi, S. Ziaei-Rad and H. Hosseini-Toudeshky

Applied Composite Materials, 2011, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.175-196



This paper focuses on the fiber-kinking failure mode of unidirectional laminated composites under the compressive loading. An available stress based fiber-kinking model is explained and improved on the bases of strain concept. In the improved model, a new fracture surface is considered and the stresses are updated according to this new fracture surface. By taking the advantage of damage variables, the models are implemented into a finite element code and the results of numerical analysis such as prediction of kink band angles are discussed in details and compared with the available results in the literature. It is shown that the predicted kink band angles using the improved model are in good agreement with the experimental results.



fiber-kinking; failure mode; unidirectional laminated composites


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