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Title: Local delamination failure of thin material layers
Author: Wang, Bin
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2017
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Thin material layers have found various applications with various roles of functions, such as in fibre reinforced laminated composite materials, in integrated electronic circuits, in thermal barrier coating material system, and etc. Interface delamination is a major failure mode due to either residual stress or applied load, or both. Over the past several decades, extensive research works have been done on this subject; however, there are still uncertainties and unsolved problems. This thesis presents the new developed analytical studies on local delamination failure of thin material layers. Firstly, the analytical theories are developed for post-local buckling-driven delamination in bilayer composite beams. The total energy release rate (ERR) is obtained more accurately by including the axial strain energy contribution from the intact part of the beam and by developing a more accurate expression for the post-buckling mode shape. The total ERR is partitioned by using partition theories based on the Euler beam, Timoshenko beam and 2D-elasticity theories. By comparing with independent test results, it has been found that for macroscopic thin material layers the analytical partitions based on the Euler beam theory predicts the propagation behaviour very well and much better than the others. Secondly, a hypothesis is made that delamination can be driven by pockets of energy concentration (PECs) in the form of pockets of tensile stress and shear stress on and around the interface between a microscopic thin film and a thick substrate. Both straight-edged and circular-edged spallation are considered. The three mechanical models are established using mixed-mode partition theories based on classical plate theory, first-order shear-deformable plate theory and full 2D elasticity theory. Experimental results show that all three of the models predict the initiation of unstable growth and the size of spallation very well; however, only the 2D elasticity-based model predicts final kinking off well. Based on PECs theory, the room temperature spallation of α-alumina oxidation film is explained very well. This solved the problem which can not be explained by conventional buckling theory. Finally, the analytical models are also developed to predict the adhesion energy between multilayer graphene membranes and thick substrates. Experimental results show that the model based on 2D elasticity partition theory gives excellent predictions. It has been found that the sliding effect in multilayered graphene membranes leads to a decrease in adhesion toughness measurements when using the circular blister test.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mixed mode fracture ; Thin layer delamination ; Fracture mechanics ; Composite ; Delamination