Micromechanical model of the single fiber fragmentation test

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A shear-lag model is developed for the analysis of single fiber fragmentation tests for the characterization of the mechanical properties of the fiber/matrix interface in composite materials. The model utilizes the relation for the loss in potential energy of Budiansky, Hutchinson and Evans. The model characterizes the interface in terms of an interfacial fracture energy and a frictional sliding shear stress. Results are obtained in closed analytical form. An experimental approach is proposed for the determination of the interfacial fracture energy and the frictional shear stress from simultaneously obtained data for the applied strain, the opening of a broken fiber and the associated debond length. The residual stresses are obtained as a part of the approach and enables the determination of in-situ fiber strength.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMechanics of Materials
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Large-scale sliding
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Debonding
  • Residual stresses
  • Interfacial frictional sliding shear stress


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