In the current work, the stress concentration and tensile strength degradation of E-glass/epoxy laminates are addressed in the present investigation through a combination of both experimental and numerical studies. The numerical study is performed using finite element method (FEM). The main aim of this work is to improve the ultimate strength of perforated composite plates, by using defense hole system (DHS) technique. The samples are manufactured from commercially available unidirectional (UD) E-glass and clear 1070 resin epoxy. Digital image correlation (DIC) technique is also used to get the full-field surface strain measurements in perforated samples with various open hole diameters and DHS configurations, in order to show their effects on failure strength. Based on the experimental results, the ultimate strength can be improved by introducing two circular auxiliary holes along with the principal stress directions.
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