Investigation of Stiffening Effects on Notch Growth Trajectory of Composite Stiffened Panels with Large Transverse Notches

Enjuto, P., Lobo, M., Walker, T.H., Peña, G., Cregger, S.E., and Wanthal, S.P.

2019 AIAA SciTech Forum, AIAA 2019-0515, 7-11 January 2019, San Diego, California.

Design of robust aircraft structure requires consideration of the load-carrying capability with large damage. Large notches, typically introduced as machined cracks (aka “notches”) severing a single skin bay and a central stiffening member, are often used to conservatively address the wide range of possible large damage scenarios. The objective of current effort was to explore the viability of developing preliminary laminate-based methods for predicting crack turning at the adjacent stiffener using traditional fracture mechanics concepts.