Internal instability as a possible failure mechanism for layered composites

I A Guz, M Menshykova, C Soutis

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This paper revisits a three-dimensional analytical approach to study internal instability in layered composites, when the behaviour of each component of the material is described by the three-dimensional equations of solid mechanics. It shows the development of a unified computational procedure for numerical realization of the three-dimensional analytical method as applied to various constitutive equations of the layers and fibres, and different loading schemes (uniaxial or biaxial loading). The paper also contains many examples of calculation of critical controlled parameters for particular composites as well as analysis of different buckling modes. The results of this method can be used as a benchmark for simplified models.

This article is part of the themed issue ‘Multiscale modelling of the structural integrity of composite materials’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20160019
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
Issue number2071
Early online date13 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

Financial support of part of this research by The Royal Society, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland is gratefully acknowledged.


  • compression
  • layered composites
  • analytical solutions
  • microstructure
  • interfacial adhesion


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