A recently proposed face-sheet–core interface crack arresting device is implemented in sandwich beams and tested using the Sandwich Tear Test configuration. Fatigue loading conditions are applied to propagate the crack and determine the effect of the crack stopper on the fatigue growth rate and arrest of the crack. Digital image correlation is used through the duration of the fatigue experiment to track the strain evolution as the crack tip advances. The measured strains are related to crack tip propagation, arrest, and re-initiation of the crack. A finite element model is used to calculate the energy release rate, mode mixity and to simulate crack propagation and arrest of the crack. Finally, the effectiveness of the crack arresting device is demonstrated on composite sandwich beams subjected to fatigue loading conditions.
- Sandwich structures
- Finite Element Analysis
- Fracture Mechanics
Martakos, G., Andreasen, J. H., Berggreen, C., & Thomsen, O. T. (2019). Experimental investigation of interfacial crack arrest in sandwich beams subjected to fatigue loading using a novel crack arresting device. Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, 2(2), 401–421. https://doi.org/10.1177/1099636217695057