The significance of damage and defects and their detection in composite materials: A review

W. J. Cantwell, J. Morton

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Abstract

In this paper the various failure modes which occur in long fibre composites are described and discussed. The significance of each of these fracture mechanisms, in terms of their energy-dissipating capacity as well as their effect on the residual load-bearing properties, is considered. A brief review of both the destructive and non-destructive techniques used for detecting and characterizing defects and damage is presented. The ability of each technique to identify the various fracture mechanisms involved in the failure of long fibre reinforced composites is discussed and their overall suitability for damage detection evaluated.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)29-42
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992

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