Conference Dates

November 8-12, 2015


The mechanical behaviour of fibre reinforced composite laminates under applied loading is a complex process due to a variety of factors including geometry effects at various scales (micro-, meso- and macro-level), complex constitutive responses, and the interaction and competition between progressive damage modes. While the study of fibre reinforced composite laminates under multi-axial loading conditions has been an area of study for over 40 years, the number of experimental studies is limited primarily due to the difficulty in performing relevant experiments. The importance of these types of experiments, however, is critical to help advance the understanding and prediction of laminate response and failure. Improved understanding and predictive capabilities will ultimately lead to the future development of more advanced (and practical) tools which can reduce the cost and effort in designing and qualifying new composite structures.