The effect of Nylon 6,6 electrospun nanofibers interleaved in composite laminate material is simulated numerically to investigate the differences in the fracture strength between a nanomodified laminate interface and the corresponding non-modified material. DCB and ENF mechanical test results from a previous work of some of the authors are used as reference for the identification of cohesive zone model by numerical simulations with the finite element software Abaqus using implicit time integration. A bilinear damage law came out to be necessary to match the experimental behavior of the nanomodified interface, while the virgin material can be represented through a simple linear damage law. The necessity of using a bilinear damage law has been related to the crack bridging and to the obstacle to crack growth caused by nanofibers.
A numerical investigation on the interlaminar strength of nanomodified composite interfaces / F. Moroni; R. Palazzetti; A. Zucchelli; A. Pirondi. - In: COMPOSITES. PART B, ENGINEERING. - ISSN 1359-8368. - 55(2013), pp. 635-641. [10.1016/j.compositesb.2013.07.004]