Compression fatigue behaviour of notched carbon fibre-epoxy laminates

C. Soutis, N. A. Fleck, P. A. Smith

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    The compression fatigue behaviour has been studied for [(±45/02)3]s carbon fibre-epoxy specimens containing either a single hole or two closely spaced holes. For both single-hole and two-hole specimens, fatigue damage consists of ply cracking, delamination and, at loads approaching the static compressive strength, fibre microbuckling. When the applied maximum compressive stress is below 85% of the static compressive strength (denoted throughout the paper as σult) no fatigue failures occur prior to reaching 106 cycles. After fatigue cycling at peak loads smaller than 85% of σult the residual strength of the specimen was found to increase as a result of longitudinal splitting and associated damage which acts to reduce the stress concentration at the hole edge. This effect has been modelled for the single-hole specimen using a two-dimensional finite element analysis. At peak fatigue loads equal to 90% of σult fatigue failure occurs as a result of microbuckle initiation and growth. The presence of zinc iodide solution (which is used as a penetrant in X-ray studies) has been shown to accelerate split growth and thereby prolong the fatigue life of the specimens. © 1991.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)303-312
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1991


    • carbon fibre-epoxy laminates
    • compression fatigue
    • microbuckling


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