Abstract. Various aspects of the effect of microstructural randomness exhibited by carbon fibrereinforced cross-ply laminates on the delamination damage mechanism is investigated in this paper. In the first part, the matrix cracks with different spacings measured in experiments are simulated using finite elements in order to obtain the levels of degradation and effective properties for a composite beam loaded in bending. The results show significant levels of degradation of obtained effective properties depic… Show more
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