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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 3431093, 17 pages
Research Article

Experimental Investigation of Delamination Growth in Composite Laminates under a Compressive Load

1Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa, Italy
2Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials, National Research Council (CNR), Portici, Italy
3CIRA Italian Aerospace Research Centre, Via Maiorise s/n, Capua, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to A. Riccio; ti.ainapmacinu@oiccir.olleina

Received 8 February 2017; Revised 19 April 2017; Accepted 2 May 2017; Published 5 July 2017

Academic Editor: Paulo M. S. T. De Castro

Copyright © 2017 A. Riccio et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper focuses on the use of no-contact experimental techniques for monitoring the interlaminar damage evolution in composite laminates. Indeed, Infrared Thermography and Digital Image Correlation are adopted to investigate, in composite plates with artificial delamination, the influence of the delamination initial position on the delamination growth. The paper also investigates the feasibility of using a no-contact experimental technique for the measurement of displacement and strain during mechanical tests, such as the Digital Image Correlation, to evaluate, by means of indirect measurements, the delamination growth as a function of the applied load.