I am just starting out a project regarding fatigue analysis for composite plates. I am a beginner regarding using ABAQUS software and am not sure how to apply fatigue loading. Basically, I have the dimension of the composite plate and there is two different forces (compressive and tension) acting in the sides of the plates simultaneously.
I would like to know how to apply this cyclic loading in ABAQUS till the fatigue failure. I tried using direct cyclic but cant seem to work. Can anyone please advise how to setup ABAQUS for this simulation and how to intepret the results.
Also is Hashin Damage under the material selection of any importance and can it be useful to determine cyclic failure ?