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Structural Engineering and Mechanics   Volume 50, Number 4, May25 2014, pages 525-539
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/sem.2014.50.4.525
 
3-D fracture analysis of cracked aluminum plates repaired with single and double composite patches using XFEM
Majid Jamal-Omidi, Mehdi Falah and Davood Taherifar

 
Abstract     [Full Text]
    Bonded composite-patch repair has been widely used to restore or extend the service life of damaged structures due to its effectiveness as a mechanical repair technique. In this paper using extended finite element method (XFEM), three-dimensional crack models are developed to examine the fracture behavior of centrally cracked aluminum plates repaired with single and double sided composite patches. Stress intensity factor (SIF) at the crack tip is used as the fracture criterion. In this regard, the effects of the crack lengths, patch materials, orientation of plies, adhesive and patch thickness are examined to estimate the SIF of the repaired plate and the repair performance. The obtained results show that composite patches have significant effect on reduction of the SIF at the crack tip. It is also proved that using double symmetric repair, in comparison to single one, reduces considerably SIF at the crack tip. Hence, the residual strength can be improved significantly as well as fatigue life of the structure. Investigation of ply orientation effects shows SIF increase as the ply orientation is changed from 0
 
Key Words
    3-D crack modeling; stress intensity factor; single and double sided composite patches; adhesive; XFEM
 
Address
Majid Jamal-Omidi, Mehdi Falah and Davood Taherifar : Department of Aerospace Engineering, Space Research Institute, MUT, Tehran, Iran
 

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