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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 24
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and M. Papadrakakis
Paper VII.2

Delamination Growth Simulation with a Moving Mesh Technique

S. Rinderknecht and B. Kroplin

Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Structures,University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

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S. Rinderknecht, B. Kroplin, "Delamination Growth Simulation with a Moving Mesh Technique", in B.H.V. Topping, M. Papadrakakis, (Editors), "Advances in Non-Linear Finite Element Methods", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 187-197, 1994. doi:10.4203/ccp.24.7.2
This paper presents a finite element model based on the Reissner-Mindlin plate theory to calculate the static load-deflection behavior of delaminated plates. Delamination growth is taken into account by applying a fracture mechanics criterion which can only be checked along the delamination front. Therefore, a so-called front control method has to be used for the delamination growth simulation, which is realized with a moving mesh technique adapting the mesh successively to the delamination front. Although the simplifications of the model compared to the three-dimensional elasticity theory restrict the model to Griffith-type growth criteria, qualitative delamination growth phenomena can be described rather well.

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