1 Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark
The influence of different fibre sizings on the strength and fracture toughness of composites was studied by investigating the characteristics of fibre cross-over bridging in DCB specimens loaded with pure bending moments. These tests result in bridginglaws, which are obtained by simultaneous measurements of the crack growth resistance and the end opening of the notch. The advantage of this method is that these bridging laws represent material laws independent of the specimen geometry. However, theadaption of the experimentally determined shape to a numerically valid model shape is not straightforward, and most existing publications consider theoretical and therefore simpler softening shapes. Two possible methods of bridging law approximation areexplained and compared in this report. The bridging laws were implemented in a numerical user subroutine in the finite element code ABAQUS. The main emphasis of this report is based on the numerical aspects of the different approaches, i.e.implementation, mesh sensitivity and numerical convergence.