J. Phys. IV France
Volume 110, September 2003
Page(s) 699 - 704

J. Phys. IV France
110 (2003) 699
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020775

Prediction of the effect of temperature on impact damage in carbon/epoxy laminates

T. Gómez del Río, R. Zaera and C. Navarro

Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, Carlos III University of Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain

The effect of temperature on impact damage in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) tape laminates produced by low velocity impact was studied by numerical simulations made to model drop weight tower impact tests on carbon/epoxy laminate composites. The damage model was implemented into a user subroutine of the finite element code ABAQUS. The model takes into account the thermal stresses resulting form the different thermal expansion coefficients in each ply of the laminate. The tests and simulations show how temperature affects the propagation of each damage mode. Matrix cracking and delamination are greatly affected by low temperature, white matrix crushing and fibre failure appear only in a small region at all the impact energies and test temperatures.

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