In this paper, the complex failure process of unidirectional hybrid laminates under uniaxial loading condition is reproduced and investigated by a one-dimensional phase-field model. The key ingredients of the approach, describing the mechanical response of a hybrid composite made of two different layers, are: (i) a phase-field method, based on a variational formulation of brittle fracture with regularised approximation of discontinuities for the two layers, (ii) cohesive law for the adhesive interface that connects the layers and (iii) robust and consolidated numerical strategy for the solution of the non-linear discretised problem. Explicit and well detailed simulations are shown for four peculiar failure mechanisms and the outcomes validated against experimental results available in literature. The model is able to discriminate among these different failure mechanisms according to the geometrical and mechanical properties of the hybrid composite. Both delamination of the adhesive interface is followed and crack patterns within the materials are fully determined. Finally, the proposed approach opens new perspective studies in higher dimension settings.
Phase-field modelling of failure in hybrid laminates / Alessi, R.; Freddi, F.. - In: COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. - ISSN 0263-8223. - 181(2017), pp. 9-25. [10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.08.073]
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