Interactive growth of multiple fiber-bridged matrix cracks in unidirectional composites

Y. Huang, N. Y. Li, H. W. Zhang, K. C. Hwang

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A model is developed for monotonic and cyclic fiber sliding in a fiber-reinforced composite containing multiple cracks. The model is used to study the fatigue growth of multiple cracks in a matrix reinforced with aligned, continuous fibers, where cracks are bridged by frictionally constrained fibers. It is established that the crack tip stress intensity factor is significantly reduced in multiple cracking due to interactions among cracks and among slip zones. The fatigue crack does not grow as fast as that for a single bridged crack or for multiple nonbridged cracks, thus the approach to steady-state crack growth is significantly delayed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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