In this article, a combination of numerical and experimental methodology for delamination evolution analysis on unidirectional CFRP elements under fatigue is suggested. Fiber-reinforced composite structures exhibit continuous damage accumulation with degradation of effective mechanical properties during cyclic HCF loads. Since advanced composites applications are allowed after extensive experimental certification tests, proposed work is based on experimental procedures to better detect and predict damage initiation and growth, monitoring static displacements and strains under 4-points bending by digital image correlation and measuring compliance variation under fatigue. In addition, non-destructive investigation of composite plates is conducted during cycling tests by using infrared thermography and ultrasonic measurements to detect damage location and validate FEM predictions. Experimental results are analyzed and compared, employing also digital image correlation technique; in addition, thermographic and ultrasonic monitoring inspection with Matlab elaborated measurements are implemented to check results for fatigue damage analysis of same specimens.
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