Controllability of cryogenic Mode I delamination behavior in woven fabric composites using piezoelectric actuators

Yasuhide Shindo, Shunji Watanabe, Tomo Takeda, Masaya Miura, Fumio Narita

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This paper investigates experimentally and numerically the delamination behavior in woven glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite laminates with surface-bonded piezoelectric ceramic actuators under Mode I loading at cryogenic temperatures. The piezoelectric actuators were used to control the delamination behavior in a composite double cantilever beam (DCB) specimen, and tests were performed at liquid nitrogen temperature (77. K). The finite element analysis of the DCB specimen with piezoelectric actuators was also carried out using temperature-dependent material properties of both the woven GFRP laminates and the piezoelectric ceramics, and the numerical predictions were compared with the experimental data. The dependence of the Mode I delamination behavior on the applied electric fields and the temperature was examined based on the experimental and numerical results, and the feasibility of piezoelectric control of cryogenic delamination behavior in composite laminates was demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr


  • Delamination
  • Finite element analysis
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Piezoelectric materials
  • Polymer matrix composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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