Thermally induced delamination of multilayers

Bent F. Sørensen, S. Sarraute, O. Jørgensen, A. Horsewell

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    Steady-state delamination of multilayered structures, caused by stresses arising during processing due to thermal expansion mismatch, is analyzed by a fracture mechanics model based on laminate theory. It is found that inserting just a few interlayers with intermediate thermal expansion coefficients may be an effective way of reducing the delamination energy release rate. Uneven layer thickness and increasing elastic mismatch are shown to raise the energy release rate. Experimental work confirms important trends of the model.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Materialia
    Issue number8
    Pages (from-to)2603-2615
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


    • interface crack
    • plates
    • gradients
    • edge-cracking

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