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Prediction of delamination growth in carbon/epoxy composites using a novel acoustic emission-based approach

Mohammadi, Reza; Saeedifar, Milad; Toudeshky, Hossein Hosseini; Najafabadi, Mehdi Ahmadi; Fotouhi, Mohamad


Reza Mohammadi

Milad Saeedifar

Hossein Hosseini Toudeshky

Mehdi Ahmadi Najafabadi

Mohamad Fotouhi


© The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: Delamination is the most common failure mode in laminated composites and it leads to loss of structural strength and stiffness. In this paper, acoustic emission monitoring was applied on the carbon/epoxy laminated composites when subjected to mode I, mode II, and mixed-mode I and II loading conditions. The main objective is to investigate delamination behavior and to predict propagation curve of the delamination in different GII/GT modal ratio values by the acoustic emission. First, a combination of acoustic emission and mechanical data (sentry function) is used to characterize the propagation stage of the delamination. Next, the crack tip location during propagation of the delamination in the specimens is identified using two methods. In the first method, by determining the velocity of the acoustic emission waves in the specimens, the position of the crack tip can be estimated throughout the tests. In the second method, the cumulative energy of the acoustic emission signals is utilized for localization of the crack tip. Agreement between the predicted crack length and the actual crack length verifies the presented procedures. It can be concluded from the results that the acoustic emission method is a powerful approach to investigate the delamination behavior and to estimate the crack tip position in the composites.


Mohammadi, R., Saeedifar, M., Toudeshky, H. H., Najafabadi, M. A., & Fotouhi, M. (2015). Prediction of delamination growth in carbon/epoxy composites using a novel acoustic emission-based approach. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 34(11), 868-878.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 20, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 20, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
Print ISSN 0731-6844
Electronic ISSN 1530-7964
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 11
Pages 868-878
Keywords delamination, carbon/epoxy, acoustic emission, sentry function, localization
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