The interface strength and debonding for composite structures: Review and recent developments

Sudong Ben, Junhua Zhao, Yancheng Zhang, Youlei Qin, Timon Rabczuk

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The interface behavior between coated films, coated spheres and carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced composites governs their mechanical properties due to the large interface area per unit volume at these structures. Predicting the interface strength and debonding of these structures has been a challenge for decades. In this paper, a review of interface models is presented. The focus of this review is on cohesive zone models (CZMs) developed from interatomic potentials which are needed to study the interface debonding of large structures with functionally graded interphase (FGI). Such models are important for the design of new microcomposites and microelectromechanical systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-26
Number of pages19
JournalComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge support by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11302084 ), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. JUSRP11529 ), Open Fund of Key Laboratory for Intelligent Nano Materials and Devices of the Ministry of Education (NUAA) (Grant No. INMD-2015M01 ) and “Thousand Youth Talents Plan”.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Carbon nanotube
  • Cohesive law
  • Film
  • Interphase
  • Sphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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