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Fatigue response of notched graphite--epoxy laminates

Changes in the stiffness and strength of notched quasi-isotropic graphite-epoxy laminates were recorded and related to the fatigue damage. Two different laminates [0,90,+45,-45]s (type A) and [ +45, 90, -45, 0] s (type B) were considered and the effects of stacking sequence were compared. Nondestructive testing techniques such as X-radiography, moire technique, acoustic emission, deply technique, and stiffness change were performed to observe damage development. Static properties and damage initiation were related to an approximate stress analysis.

Results show that the mechanical response and the fatigue damage depend strongly on the stacking sequence of laminates. In general, residual strength increased remarkably for both laminates due to stress redistributions while the continuous stiffness change curve is typical for each laminate and reflects damage characteristics. Buckling effects as well as matrix cracking and delaminations contribute to stiffness changes. / M.S.
Date January 1983
CreatorsKress, Gerald R.
ContributorsEngineering Mechanics
PublisherVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Source SetsVirginia Tech Theses and Dissertation
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeThesis, Text
Formatix, 170 leaves, application/pdf, application/pdf
RightsIn Copyright,
RelationOCLC# 10353154

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