Composites. Preface. Comparison of fracture toughness (GIC) values of polytherimide (PEI) and a carbon-fibre/PEI composite: an experimental and theoretical study (R. Akkerman et al.). Acoustic emission analysis and micro-mechanical interpretation of mode I fracture toughness tests on composite materials (J. Bohse et al.). Delamination behaviour of z-pinned laminates (D.D.R. Cartié, I.K. Partridge). The effect of matrix toughness and loading rate on the mode I interlaminar fracture toughness of glass-fibre/vinyl ester composites (P. Compston et al.). Effect of reinforcement arrangement on destribution of GI, GII and GIII along fronts of circular delamination of orthotropic composite plates (P. Czarnocki). Delamination between multi-directional ply interfaces in carbon-epoxy composites under static and fatigue loading (M.J. Hiley). Bridging law determination in short fibre composites by a DCB-test (J.E. Lindhagen, L.A. Berglund). Mode I fracture toughness of secondary bonds of a novel CFRP hull structure (D. McGeorge, A.W. Vredeveldt). Mixed-mode delamination failure criteria in carbon fibre/composite under quasi-static and cyclic loading (Y. Meziere et al.). Fracture mechanics of composites with residual stresses, traction-loaded cracks, and imperfect interfaces (J.A. Nairn). Intralaminar fracture of weft-knitted carbon fibre reinforced peek (R. Reber et al.). Delamination growth prediction using a finite element approach (P. Robinson et al.). Computational prediction of strain energy release rates of delamination in composite materials (A. Silva, M. de Freitas). Elastic-Plastic Fracture. The influence of morphology and structure on the crack growth of linear polyethylene (H. Beerbaum, W. Grellmann). Numerical simulation of the essentioal fracture work method (X.H. Chen et al.). ESIS TC4 experience with the essential work of fracture meth
This book contains a selection of fully peer-reviewed papers which were presented at the 2nd ESIS TC4 Conference, held in Les Diablerets, Switzerland 13 - 15 September 1999.
The meeting was designed to reflect the activities of the Committee over the last 15 years, and to plan future activities. The papers have been divided into four chapters under the headings of Composites, Elastic-Plastic Fracture, Adhesion, and Impact and General Fracture. These are convenient groupings, but there are many interactions between the areas, with the common theme of Fracture Mechanics underlying it all.
For researchers with an interest in the fracture mechanics of polymers, composites and adhesives.
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