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Assessment of progressive failure analysis capabilities of commercial FE codes

Rosario Borrelli (Aerostructural Design Laboratory, CIRA – Italian Aerospace Research Centre, Capua, Italy)
Francesco Di Caprio (Aerostructural Design and Testing, CIRA – Italian Aerospace Research Centre, Capua, Italy)
Umberto Mercurio (Laboratory for Impact Tests on Aerospace Structures, CIRA – Italian Aerospace Research Centre, Capua, Italy)
Fulvio Romano (Aerostructural Design and Testing Laboratory, CIRA – Italian Aerospace Research Centre, Capua, Italy)

International Journal of Structural Integrity

ISSN: 1757-9864

Article publication date: 23 August 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The main objective of this work is to assess the current capabilities of different commercial finite element (FE) codes in simulating the progressive damage of composite structures under quasi-static loading condition in post-buckling regime.

Design/methodology/approach

Progressive failure analysis (PFA) methodologies, available in the investigated FE codes, were applied to a simple test case extracted from literature consisting in a holed composite plate loaded in compression.

Findings

Results of the simulations are significantly affected by the characteristic parameters needed to feed the degradation models implemented in each code. Such parameters, which often do not have a physical meaning, have to be necessarily set upon fitting activity with an experimental database at coupon level. Concerning the test case, all the codes were found able to capture the buckling load and the failure load with a good accuracy.

Originality/value

This paper would to give an insight into the PFA capabilities of different FE codes, providing the guidelines for setting the degradation model parameters which are of major interest.

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Citation

Borrelli, R., Di Caprio, F., Mercurio, U. and Romano, F. (2013), "Assessment of progressive failure analysis capabilities of commercial FE codes", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 300-320. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSI-06-2012-0017

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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