S. T. Pinho

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Both environmental and economic factors have driven the development of recycling routes for the increasing amount of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) waste generated. This paper presents a review of the current status and outlook of CFRP recycling operations, focusing on state-of-the-art fibre reclamation and re-manufacturing processes, and on the(More)
A set of three-dimensional failure criteria for laminated fiber-reinforced composites, denoted LaRC04, is proposed. The criteria are based on physical models for each failure mode and take into consideration non-linear matrix shear behaviour. The model for matrix compressive failure is based on the Mohr-Coulomb criterion and it predicts the fracture angle.(More)
The initiation and propagation of kink–bands are investigated through an experimental study and numerical modelling. Based on the results achieved, the sequence of events and key features for kink–band formation are identified; particularly, matrix yielding is found to play a crucial role in the process, and fibres are found to fail in the compressive side(More)
Modelling the longitudinal compressive failure of carbon-fibre-reinforced composites has been attempted for decades. Despite many developments, no single model has surfaced to provide simultaneously a definitive explanation for the micromechanics of failure as well as validated predictions for a generic stress state. This paper explores the reasons for(More)
For composite structure, fracture toughness is a dominant parameter when using cohesive laws to predict the nominal strength. In the present study the compact tension test is performed on composites structures and is simulated using FEM. The process of fracture takes places in two sequential stages, crack initiation and crack propagation. The critical(More)
Final failure of laminated composite structures is preceded by different damage mechanisms involving fracture initiation and propagation. Fracture in a composite laminate can appear either between two plies or within a lamina. In the first case, interlaminar fracture or delamination, the crack causes separation of two adjacent plies and will mainly involve(More)
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