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Van Paepegem, W. (2002). Development and finite element implementation of a damage model for fatigue of fibre-reinforced polymers. Ghent, Ghent University, 403 p. (ISBN 90-76714-13-4)

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This handbook is concerned with both experimental and theoretical aspects of the fatigue behaviour of fibre-reinforced polymers. It draws the reader's attention to a number of pitfalls that are jeopardizing the correct modelling of the fatigue behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites. Further it describes the development and final layout of the proposed fatigue model, based on a sound interpretation of the experimental results. The book is divided into eight chapters. The introductory part presents the objectives, justification and methodology of the research, as well as the innovations and industrial relevance. Chapter 2 focuses on the experimental setup and obtained experimental results. In Chapter 3, a profound literature survey of existing fatigue modelling strategies is presented and the selection of the author's modelling strategy is justified. Chapter 4 and 5 focus on the numerical implementation of fatigue damage models, while Chapter 6 and 7 present the one-dimensional and multi-dimensional model that was developed for fibre-reinforced polymers under fatigue loading. The conclusions are drawn in Chapter 8. It is the author's hope that the book can be useful for both scientists, engineers and designers, because all aspects of the concerned research - from fatigue testing over theoretical modelling to finite element simulations - are covered and based on the state-of-the-art literature. This book is a reprint of the author's doctoral thesis Development and finite element implementation of a damage model for fatigue of fibre-reinforced polymers (March 2002). The reported research was conducted at the Mechanics of Materials and Structures group, part of the department of Mechanical Construction and Production at Ghent University in Belgium. The work was supervised by Prof. Degrieck who I would like to thank for his invaluable guidance.