Two- and three-dimensional isogeometric cohesive elements for composite delamination analysis

Vinh Phu Nguyen, Pierre Kerfriden, Stéphane P A Bordas

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We propose an automatic numerical method requiring minimal user intervention to simulate delamination in composite structures. We develop isogeometric cohesive elements for two- and three-dimensional delamination by exploiting the knot insertion algorithm directly from CAD data to generate cohesive elements along delamination. A complete computational framework is presented including pre-processing, processing and post-processing. They are explained in detail and implemented in MIGFEM - an open source Matlab Isogemetric Analysis code developed by the authors. The composite laminates are modeled using both NURBS solid and rotation-free shell elements. Several two and three dimensional examples ranging from standard delamination tests (the mixed mode bending test) to the L-shaped specimen with a fillet, three dimensional (3D) double cantilever beam and a 3D singly curved thick-walled laminate are provided. The method proposed provides a bi-directional system in which one can go forward from CAD to analysis and backwards from analysis to CAD. This is believed to facilitate the design of composite structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-212
Number of pages20
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


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