This study presents a simple approach to model unidirectionally arrayed chopped strand (UACS) laminates via the extended finite-element method to represent slits (i.e., fiber cutting lines). This enables the introduction of slits independent of the finite-element mesh and reduces the effort to represent a complex discontinuity pattern when compared to standard modeling using double nodes. The laminated structure was represented by stacking two-dimensional layers, and cohesive elements were inserted into the layer interfaces to predict the extension of delamination. Damage progress in CFRP quasi-isotropic laminates with diagonal continuous slits were analyzed via the present approach, and the effect of the angle between the slit line and fiber direction on the tensile strength was investigated. The predicted strength was in agreement with the reported experiment results within the examined slit angle range. A numerical study revealed that the strength of the UACS laminates was enhanced by a low inclined slit angle.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites
- Civil and Structural Engineering