Determination of mode-I cohesive strength for interfaces

J. B. Jørgensen, M. D. Thouless, Bent F. Sørensen, C. Kildegaard

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The cohesive strength is one of the governing parameters controlling crack deflection at interfaces, but measuring its magnitude is challenging. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel approach to determine the mode-I cohesive strength of an interface by using a 4-point single-edge-notch beam specimen. The test specimen is made of a glue cast onto a unidirectional, glass-fiber laminate. A crack is cut in the glue, orthogonal to the interface, which creates a high normal stress across the glue/laminate interface during loading. It is observed that a new crack can be initiated along the interface in response to this stress, before the main crack starts to grow. Observations using 2D digital-image correlation showed that an ''apparent" strain across the interface initially increases linearly with the applied load, but becomes nonlinear upon the initiation of the interface crack. The cohesive strength is determined, using a 2D, linear-elastic, finite-element model of the experiment, as the stress value where the experimental measured 'apparent" strain value becomes non-linear across the interface.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI O P Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event37th Risø International Symposium on Materials Science: Understanding performance of composite materials – mechanisms controlling properties - Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark
Duration: 5 Sep 20168 Sep 2016


Conference37th Risø International Symposium on Materials Science
LocationRisø Campus

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