Mode I fatigue delamination growth in GFRP woven laminates at low temperatures

Yasuhide Shindo, Akihiro Inamoto, Fumio Narita, Katsumi Horiguchi

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The cryogenic fatigue delamination behavior of glass fiber reinforced polymer woven laminates under Mode I loading has been investigated experimentally and numerically. Fatigue delamination tests were conducted using double cantilever beam specimens at room temperature, liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K) and liquid helium temperature (4 K). Fracture surface examination using scanning electron microscopy revealed delamination mechanisms under fatigue loading. A finite element analysis was also employed to calculate the J-integral range and damage distributions. The effects of temperature and loading condition on the fatigue delamination growth rates were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2080-2090
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sept


  • Cyclic or delta J
  • Delamination
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Polymer-matrix composite


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