Failure analysis of tapered composite structures under tensile loading

Çelik, Ozan
A three dimensional finite element modeling approach is used to evaluate the effects of preliminary design variables on the performance of tapered composite laminates under tensile loading. Hashin failure criteria combined with a progressive failure algorithm is used for in-plane failure mechanisms and cohesive zone method is used for out-of-plane failures. The modeling approach is validated by a comparison with experimental results from literature. The validated model is used to examine various design variables in terms of their effect on the ultimate tensile strength of the tapered laminate. Finite element models are created for several preliminary design variables and their effects are discussed. 


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Citation Formats
O. Çelik, “Failure analysis of tapered composite structures under tensile loading,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.