Chapter 5: Failure Theories
5.1 Comparison of Isotropic and Composites
1) Isotropic – usually one material property
failure in x direction
u
σ
failure in y direction
u
σ
Shear Strength
2
max
u
σ
= τ .
2) Composites
a) Several failure modes possible
together) (humps Topic Current
Debonding iii)
Microcrack Matrix ii)
Break Fiber i)
¦
)
¦
`
¹
iv) Delamination} Elasticity/Fracture Mechanics.
b) Different strengths in different directions
failure in x direction
T
X
failure in y direction
T
Y
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Shear Strength S
c) Different strength in tension and compression
especially n compressio ← σ
′
≠ σ
Tu Tu
c T
X X ≠
d) Sign on shear is important
e) Interaction between stresses is important
x
σ and
y
σ combine to cause failure.
5.2 Use of Lamina Strengths in the Analysis of Laminates
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1) Use CLT to find stresses in the nth ply due to
mechanical and thermal loads.
2) Use these stresses to analyze the nth ply independent of
the other plies.
3) Use “weakest link” concept to predict strength of the
laminate:
i.e., If none of the plies fail, then the laminate does not fail.
If one or more of the plies fail, then the laminate has failed.
Note: This procedure requires
i) Knowledge of the stresses within the laminate
ii) A failure theory to predict at what stress level failure
occurs.
5.2 General Features of Composite Failure Theories
 Most theories begin with lamina properties in the
principle material directions
i.e.,
LTu Tu Lu
τ σ σ
,
, etc.
S X X
T T
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 These properties are transformed into other coordinate
systems as needed.
 Most have the form: 1 ≤
σ
σ
iu
i
This means that if the stress in the lamina,
i
σ , is less
than the failure stress,
iu
σ , then the lamina is okay.
 All failure theories are a variation on this theme.
5.3 Determination of , ,
Tu Lu
σ σ etc.
5.3.1 Micromechanics
1) Recall
m f m f fu Lu
V E V
*
∈ + σ = σ
where
f
f
E
fu
σ
= ∈
*
This is not very accurate in general. It has assumed that
all the fibers break at once.
2) What about
Tu
σ and
LTu
τ ?
There are not accurate micromechanics failure
theories for these values.
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At least none that are commonly used.
Solution? Go to the Lab.
b) Picture Frame
Problem with premature failures in the corners.
c) Rail Shear
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d) Isoipescu Specimen
Advantage: Pure Shear in the center of the beam.
Disadvantage: Shear distribution is not uniform across the
center.
Solution: Notch the beam.
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The problem with this is that the notch angle is a function of
material stiffness.
i.e., 0° specimen
90°
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Edge Damage in a
s
] ) 10 [(
2
± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 99% of Ultimate Strain
116
Edge Damage in a
s
] ) 30 [(
2
± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 99% Ultimate Strain
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Edge Damage in a
s
] ) 45 [(
2
± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 95% of Ultimate Strain
118
Edge Damage in a
s
] ) 60 [(
2
± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 99% of Ultimate Strain
119
Edge Damage in a
s
] ) 90 [(
2
± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 92% of Ultimate Strain
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Edge Damage in a
2
] 90 / 0 / 45 [± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 37% of Ultimate Strain
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Edge Damage in a
s
] 45 / 90 / 45 / 0 [ − ± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 80% of Ultimate Strain
122
Edge Damage in a
s
] 45 / 90 / 45 / 0 [ − ± Celion 6000/PMR15
Graphite Polyimide Laminate at 80% of Ultimate Strain
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Composite
δ
σ r K
I ij
~
Metal
2 / 1
~
−
σ r K
I ij
125
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5.4 Failure Theories (from Simplest to most Complex)
5.4.1 Maximum Stress Theory (pg 133)
1) For a material loaded in principle material direction:
¦
¹
¦
´
¦
=
σ
σ
σ < σ <
σ
σ
1 failure at
) ( 1 failure No for
Direction Longitudal In
1u
1
10 1
1
Similarly , 1
2
2
≤
σ
σ
u
1
12
12
≤
τ
τ
u
Each component must be checked
i.e., , 1
1
1
<
σ
σ
u
, 1
2
2
<
σ
σ
u
1
12
12
<
τ
τ
u
for no failure
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2) For an off axis lamina:
¦
)
¦
`
¹
¦
¹
¦
´
¦
σ
(
(
(
¸
(
¸
=
¦
)
¦
`
¹
¦
¹
¦
´
¦
τ
σ
σ
0
0
12
2
1 x
T
⇒ θ σ = σ
2
cos
x L
θ σ = σ
2
sin
x T
θ θ σ = τ cos sin  
x LT
Failure Theory Becomes: 1
cos
2
<
σ
θ σ
Lu
x
1
sin
2
<
σ
θ σ
Tu
x
1
cos sin
<
τ
θ θ σ
LTu
x
or ,
cos
2
θ
σ
< σ
Lu
x
,
sin
2
θ
σ
< σ
Tu
x
θ θ
τ
< σ
cos sin
LTu
x
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Plot of
x
σ versus θ (Tension)
Problems with Max Stress:
i) No stress interaction
ii) Does not fit data extremely well.
Advantages: Simple to use
5.4.2 Maximum Strain Theory
1) Similar to Max Stress:
, 1 <
∈
∈
Lu
L
, 1 <
∈
∈
Tu
T
1 <
γ
γ
LTu
LT
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If the material is linear elastic
L
Lu
Lu
E
σ
= ∈ ,
T
Tu
Tu
E
σ
= ∈ ,
LT
LTu
LTu
G
τ
= γ
Recall Hooke’s Law: (Orthotropic Material)
T
L
LT
L
L
L
E E
σ
ν
− σ = ∈
1
) (
2 12 1 11
σ + σ = s s
T
T
L
T
TL
T
E E
σ + σ
ν
− = ∈
1
LT
LT
LT
G
τ
= γ
Now: 1
1
<
σ
σ
ν
− σ
=
∈
∈
L
Lu
T
L
LT
L
L
Lu
T
E
E E
or 1 <
σ
σ ν − σ
Lu
T LT L
Similarly 1 <
σ
σ + σ ν −
Tu
T L TL
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and 1 <
τ
τ
LTu
LT
failure envelope
2) For an off axis lamina:
θ θ
τ
< σ
θ ν − θ
σ
< σ
θ ν − θ
σ
< σ
cos sin
cos sin
sin cos
2 2
2 2
LTu
x
TL
Tu
x
LT
Lu
x
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Not much difference from max stress theory. Still no stress
interaction, this doesn’t work as well as we want.
5.4.3 TsaiHill Theory (Max Work)
1948 – Hill proposed anisotropic yield theory for metals
1965 – Tsai modified Hill’s theory and applied it to composites
1) 1
2 2 2
<


.

\

τ
τ
+


.

\

σ
σ
+


.

\

σ
σ


.

\

σ
σ
−


.

\

σ
σ
LTu
LT
Tu
T
Lu
T
Lu
L
Lu
L
4 4 3 4 4 2 1
Stress interaction term, but relatively weak (i.e.,
Lu
T
σ
σ
is
small)
2) For an off axis lamina ) 0 , 0 ( = τ σ ≠ σ
xy y x
2 2
2 2
2
4
2
2 2
2
4
1 cos sin
sin sin cos cos
x LTU
Tu Lu Lu
σ
<
τ
θ θ
+
σ
θ
+
σ
θ θ
−
σ
θ
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3) For multiaxial stress state
i) Compute
xy y x
τ σ σ , , for a given ply
ii) Transform the stresses to the principle material
directions ) , , (i.e.,
LT T L
τ σ σ
¦
)
¦
`
¹
¦
¹
¦
´
¦
τ
σ
σ
=
¦
)
¦
`
¹
¦
¹
¦
´
¦
τ
σ
σ
xy
y
x
LT
T
L
T] [
iii) Check the sign on the principle (material) stresses if
0 < σ
L
(compressive) use
Lu
σ
′
0 < σ
T
(Compressive) use
Tu
σ
′
LT
τ doesn’t matter
133
iv) Let:
2 2 2
) (


.

\

τ
τ
+


.

\

σ
σ
+


.

\

σ
σ


.

\

σ
σ
−


.

\

σ
σ
= σ
LTu
LT
Tu
T
Lu
T
Lu
L
Lu
L
F
or
Lu
σ
′
or
Tu
σ
′
v) Check F if F < 1 no failure
if F ≥ 1
vi) Repeat process for each ply
4) Advantages: i) Fairly accurate
ii) Still easy to use
iii) Stress interaction term
Disadvantages: I) Sign insensitive
2
) ( , therefore
differences between tension and
compression are not accurately
portrayed
5.4.4 TsaiWu Tensor Polynomial (1971)
1) Deviation of Formulae
i) Assume a failure function F(σ)
ii) Expand in a series:
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... 2 ) (
3
3
2
1 0
+ σ + σ + σ + = σ f f f f F
or in Tensor Form:
... ) (
0
+ σ σ σ + σ + = σ
mn k ij ijk ij ij ij
f f f F
l l
iii) Arbitrarily say that failure occurs when
0
2 ) ( f F
ij
= σ
Then at failure
... 1 2
0 0 0
+ σ σ σ + σ σ + σ +
mn k ij
mn ijk
k ij
ijk
ij
ij
f
f
f
f
f
f
l
l
l
l
Define
ij
ij
F
f
f
≡
0
, etc.
... + σ σ σ + σ σ + σ
mn k ij mn ijk k ij ijk ij ij
F F F
l l l l
iv) Tsai and Wu used two terms:
failure for 1 = σ σ + σ
l l k ij ijk ij ij
F F
if 1 < σ σ + σ
l l k ij ijk ij ij
F F no failure
In reduced notation
1 11
σ = σ
6 12
σ = σ etc.
1 = σ σ + σ
j i ij i i
F F
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2) Features of this failure theory
i) It is a tensor theory; therefore it lends itself well to
computer
ii) It can handle a fully 3D stress state
iii) It contains many stress interaction terms
iv) The
i
F terms are sight sensitive and therefore can
tell the difference between tension and compression
Disadvantages
v) It is not as simple as other theories
vi) It requires more tests to determine
i
F and
ij
F (i.e.,
LTu Tu Lu
τ σ σ and , , are not enough.)
5.4.5 Review of Failure Theories
1) These failure theories area used for three failure types
i) Fiber Break
ii) Matrix Microcrack
iii) Debonding
2) All of the theories rely heavily on experimental data
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3) Delamination cannot be accounted for with these
theories (Requires more advanced analysis)
4) These theories do not seem to work well in areas of large
stress gradients (stress concentrations). Modifications
are required.
5) We will first look at stress concept and then stress
singularities.