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Modelling mixed-mode rate-dependent delamination in layered structures using geometrically nonlinear beam finite elements

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 152˙879 €
 EC max contribution 152˙879 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON UK (UXBRIDGE) coordinator 152˙879.00


 Project objective

The project proposes a novel way to numerically model delamination or debonding in layered structures using beam-type finite elements for the layers, which can be geometrically linear or nonlinear, and mixed-mode, rate-dependent cohesive-zone models (CZMs) for the interface, both based on recent cutting-edge research. In this way, the project shall provide new, more accurate, more intuitive and computationally much cheaper techniques than those currently available, that will be implemented in open-source user-friendly software and experimentally validated for mode-I, mode-II and mixed-mode tests on aluminium-epoxy adhesive joints. At the end of the project, engineers will be able to numerically simulate tests with different dimensions and material properties to characterise the fracture energy and its rate dependence for existing or new adhesives or other interfaces, with applications including but not limited to metal joints, composite delamination, reinforced elastomers or dissection of soft tissues in biomedical engineering. The research builds on complementary and internationally highly recognised expertise of the researcher and his PhD supervisor at the University of Rijeka (on geometrically nonlinear beam models) and the supervisor at Brunel University (on CZMs and nonlinear finite-element analysis). The researcher will have the opportunity to (a) develop world-leading knowledge and expertise in a research topic of significant importance for industrial and real-life applications, (b) transfer it to a country where such expertise is limited and (c) boost his scientific career and international profile through high-quality publications and via his leadership in the development of the software. This will also provide numerous networking opportunities with other research groups and industries worldwide for all parties involved in the action.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Leo Škec, Giulio Alfano, Gordan Jelenić
On characterising fracture resistance in mode-I delamination
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Accepted for publication on the Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Croatian Society of Mechanics 2019-06-13
2017 Leo Škec, Giulio Alfano, Gordan Jelenić
Modelling mixed-mode rate-dependent delamination in layered structures using geometrically nonlinear beam finite elements
published pages: 248-251, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 25th UKACM Conference of Computational Mechanics 2019-06-13
2018 Leo Škec, Giulio Alfano, Gordan Jelenić
Enhanced simple beam theory for characterising mode-I fracture resistance via a double cantilever beam test
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Submitted to Composites Part B on 11th of May 2018 2019-06-13
2018 Leo Škec, Giulio Alfano, Gordan Jelenić
On Gc, Jc and the characterisation of the mode-I fracture resistance in delamination or adhesive debonding
published pages: 100-122, ISSN: 0020-7683, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2018.04.020
International Journal of Solids and Structures 144-145 2019-06-13
2018 Leo Škec, Giulio Alfano, Gordan Jelenić
Complete analytical solutions for double cantilever beam specimens with bi-linear quasi-brittle and brittle interfaces
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Submitted to: International Journal of Fracture on 21st of February 2018 2019-06-13

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