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Materials (Basel). 2019 Jun 7;12(11). pii: E1856. doi: 10.3390/ma12111856.

Cross-Influence between Intra-Laminar Damages and Fibre Bridging at the Skin-Stringer Interface in Stiffened Composite Panels under Compression.

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1
University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli"-Department of Engineering, via Roma, 29, 81031 Aversa, Italy. aniello.riccio@unicampania.it.
2
University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli"-Department of Engineering, via Roma, 29, 81031 Aversa, Italy. andrea.sellitto@unicampania.it.
3
University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli"-Department of Engineering, via Roma, 29, 81031 Aversa, Italy. salvatore.saputo@unicampania.it.
4
University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli"-Department of Engineering, via Roma, 29, 81031 Aversa, Italy. valerio.acanfora@unicampania.it.

Abstract

In this paper, the skin-stringer separation phenomenon that occurs in stiffened composite panels under compression is numerically studied. Since the mode I fracture toughness and, consequently, the skin-stringer separation can be influenced by the fibre bridging phenomenon at the skin-stringer interface, in this study, comparisons among three different material systems with different fibre bridging sensitivities have been carried out. Indeed, a reference material system has been compared, in terms of toughness performance, against two materials with different degrees of sensitivity to fibre bridging. A robust numerical procedure for the delamination assessment has been used to mimic the skin-stringer separation. When analysing the global compressive behaviour of the stiffened panel, intra-laminar damages have been considered in conjunction with skin-stringer debonding to evaluate the effect of the fibre and matrix breakage on the separation between the skin and the stringer for the three analysed material systems. The latter are characterised by different toughness characteristics and fibre bridging sensitivities, resulting in a different material toughness.

KEYWORDS:

debonding; delamination; intra-laminar damages; stiffened panel

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