Interface fracture in orthotropic composite plates using second-order shear deformation theory

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The second-order shear deformation theory is used in this study to calculate the stresses and the energy release rates in orthotropic composite plates. A novel double-plate system is utilized with the imposition of the proper kinematic constraints in the interface plane of a double-plate system. The governing equations of the system were derived and as a demonstrative example a simply-supported plate subjected to a point force was analyzed. Using Lévy plate formulation, the plate problem was solved by a state-space model, incorporating four different regions. The distribution of the stress resultants and the interlaminar stresses in the uncracked part were also determined. Moreover, the distributions of the mode-II and mode-III energy release rates along the crack front were calculated by the J-integral. The 3D finite element model of the plate was created providing reference data for the analytical model. The results show reasonably good agreement between the analytical and numerical results. Also, the present model eliminates the physical inconsistency of previous models and reveals that under mixed-mode II/III condition, the energy release rate is not contributed by the bending, twisting moments and shear forces at all.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1161-1185
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Damage Mechanics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2013



  • J-integral
  • Laminated plate
  • delamination
  • interface constraint
  • mixed-mode II/III fracture
  • second-order plate theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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