Virtual testing of impact in fiber reinforced laminates

S. Sádaba*, F. Martínez-Hergueta, C. S. Lopes, C. Gonzalez, J. LLorca

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This chapter proposes a systematic simulation strategy to determine the mechanical behaviour of composite laminates under impact loading using a computational mesomechanics approach. The methodology includes modelization of the physical mechanisms of damage observed in laminates: intralaminar (ply failure) and interlaminar (delamination failure). The methodology was applied to analyse the impact behaviour of carbon-epoxy laminates subjected to low- and high-velocity impacts, and the results were compared with experimental data in terms of energy absorption capacity and failure mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Integrity and Durability of Advanced Composites
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Modelling Methods and Intelligent Design
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780081001387
ISBN (Print)9780081001370
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015


  • Carbon-epoxy laminates
  • Composite materials
  • Composite materials damage
  • Computational mesomechanics
  • Damage testing
  • Finite element
  • Impact simulation
  • Laminate damage
  • Modelling composites


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