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Simulation of Delamination Growth at CFRP-Tungsten Aerospace Laminates Using VCCT and CZM Modelling Techniques

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-721
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Composite Materials
Issue number3
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Delamination analysis in advanced composites is required for the laminate design phase and also during the operation of composite aerospace structures to estimate the criticality of flaws and damage. The virtual crack closure technique (VCCT) and cohesive zone modelling (CZM) have been applied to delamination simulation as numerical tools of crack modelling. VCCT and CZM have their unique advantages and disadvantages per application. This study focuses on the application of VCCT to a brittle delamination in a hybrid tungsten–carbon-fibre reinforced composite (CFRP-W) and pursues to identify the challenges due to very high internal residual stresses and strain energy as well as unstable crack propagation. The CFRP-W composites have application areas in high-performance, light-weight radiation protection enclosures of satellite electronics and ultra-high frequency (e.g. 5G) systems. In our work, we present the effects of free-edge stress concentrations and interfacial separation prior to nodal release on a combined VCCT-CZM model and compare the results to pure VCCT and CZM models of the interfacial crack. Parameter notes are given based on the results to apply the combined method for delamination analyses with interfaces heavily loaded by internal residual strains.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • CZM, Delamination, Finite element simulation, Satellite enclosure, VCCT

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