Assessment of dynamic mode-I delamination driving force in double cantilever beam tests for fiber-reinforced polymer composite and adhesive materials

Tianyu Chen, Yiding Liu, Christopher M. Harvey, Kun Zhang, Simon Wang, Vadim V. Silberschmidt, Bingchen Wei, Xiang Zhang

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The double cantilever beam (DCB) tests are widely used to assess the interfacial delamination properties of laminated composites. For quasi-static loads, the DCB tests are standardized based on the beam mechanics; for dynamic loads, however, such as high-loading-rate impact and cyclic loads, there is no established analytical theory. This presents a significant obstacle preventing the research community from assessing the delamination behavior of composites or adhesives for their application under complex in-service loads. In this paper, the theory of evaluating dynamic mode-I delamination driving force for DCBs under general displacement loads is developed for the first time, accounting for structural vibration effects. The developed theory is demonstrated by two examples: high-loading-rate split Hopkinson bar impact and cyclic fatigue loads. The analytical solutions are validated by published experiment results and in-house tests. This work provides a fundamental analytical tool to study and assess the fracture behavior of fiber reinforced-polymer composite and adhesive materials under various loading conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109632
Number of pages13
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Early online date9 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2022

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51401028 , No. 51271193 , No. 11790292 ), the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB22040303 ), and the Innovation Program ( 237099000000170004 ).

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  • Cyclic loads
  • Double cantilever beam test
  • Dynamic energy release rate
  • General displacement loads
  • High loading rate and impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Engineering(all)


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