This paper presents the experimental and numerical characterization of the interlaminar shear failure of hybrid composite laminates at cryogenic temperatures. Cryogenic short beam shear tests were performed on hybrid laminates consisting of woven glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites and polyimide films to evaluate their interlaminar shear strength. Microscopic observations of damage accumulation and failure mechanisms were also made on failed specimens. In addition, a progressive damage analysis was conducted to predict the initiation and growth of damage in the specimens, and the interlaminar shear strength was determined from the maximum shear stress in the failure region. The damage effect on the interlaminar shear properties of hybrid laminates at cryogenic temperatures was examined based on the experimental and numerical results.
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