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Interfacial debonding

**Quick proof**

We need to start by considering short fibre composites as shown in the diagram above. The work done when a single fibre undergoes interfacial debonding is:

ΔW = 2 π r x_{0} G_{ic}

Now we can sum this over all the fibres intersected by a unit area of the crack to find the work of debonding of the composite per unit crack area, G_{cd}. If there are N fibres per m^{2} where N is given by

\[N = \frac{f}{{\pi {r^2}_{^{}}}},\]

then there are ( N dx_{0} / L ) fibres per m^{2} with an embedded length between x_{0} and ( x_{0} + dx_{0} ).

\[{G_{cd}} = \int\limits_0^L {2\pi r{x_0}{G_{ic}}\frac{{Nd{x_0}}}{L}} \]

Integration gives: G_{cd} = f s G_{ic}

This formula only applies to short fibre composites since fibre fracture does not occur if the fibre aspect ratio is less than the critical fibre aspect ratio, s* = σ f* / 2τ i*. (refer to TLP on short fibre composites, which does not exist yet). For long fibre composites there is a small probability that fibre fracture will occur away from the crack plane and debonding will not occur over the whole length of the fibre. In this case G>_{cd} gives an idea of the magnitude of the energy absorbed.

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