A Continuum Mechanics Characterization of Damage in Composite Materials
The mechanical response of a composite material damaged in fatigue, or in any other loading mode, is characterized by a set of vector fields, each representing a damage mode. Constitutive equations are derived for isothermal small-deformation behaviour following attainment of a damage state. For small damage, the elastic constants of a damage state are related to those of the undamaged state. The usefulness of these relations in characterizing the development of damage, for instance during fatigue, is discussed.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A
- Pub Date:
- June 1985