WIT Press


Fatigue Crack Growth In Fibre Reinforced Metal Laminates

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DM000301

Volume

26

Pages

10

Published

2000

Size

1,019 kb

Author(s)

K. Brown & A. Young

Abstract

In order to increase understanding of the mechanisms involved in the fatigue crack growth behaviour of fibre reinforced metal laminates (FRMLs), experimental and theoretical studies have been carried out at DERA. A wide variety of FRMLs has been investigated, including ARALL 1,2,3 and 4 laminates with unidirectional aramid fibres and GLARE 1,2,3 and 4 laminates with unidirectional and cross-plied glass fibres. The FRMLs had from two to five metal layers, each 0.2mm or 0.3mm thick. Fatigue crack growth rates were measured for constant amplitude loading at different stress levels and R-ratios. Damage in the laminates, including delamination and broken fibres, was measured fractographically. SPATE scans were also used to monitor delamination. A three-dimensional FE model has been developed specifically for stress analysis of FRMLs

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