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Peridynamic analysis of fiber-reinforced composite materials

Erkan Oterkus and Erdogan Madenci

Vol. 7 (2012), No. 1, 45–84

Damage growth in composites involves complex and progressive failure modes. Current computational tools are incapable of predicting failure in composite materials mainly due to their mathematical structure. However, peridynamic theory removes these obstacles by taking into account nonlocal interactions between material points. This study presents an application of peridynamic theory to predict how damage propagates in fiber-reinforced composite materials subjected to mechanical and thermal loading conditions.

peridynamics, damage, nonlocal, composite
Received: 2 December 2010
Revised: 13 August 2011
Accepted: 4 September 2011
Published: 28 March 2012
Erkan Oterkus
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Henry Dyer Building
100 Montrose street
Glasgow  G4 0LZ
United Kingdom
Erdogan Madenci
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0119
United States