Experimental study of microbuckle initiation in a model composite system

M. P.F. Sutcliffe, A. H. Yuwono

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


Model composites comprising of alternate layers of steel plates and epoxy adhesive were tested in compression to analyze the initiation of plastic microbuckling. Analysis of microbuckle initiation from a finite region of imperfection was performed by using a specimen containing a patch of waviness. The early stages of microbuckle growth were captured on video, confirming the mechanism of initiation and growth assumed by theoretical models. Results indicated that microbuckle propagation direction was locked at an early stage, adopting inclination angles similar to engineering composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-837
Number of pages7
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2001


  • Composites
  • Mechanical properties
  • Microbuckling
  • Multilayers


Dive into the research topics of 'Experimental study of microbuckle initiation in a model composite system'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this