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Response of Resin Transfer Molded (RTM) Composites Under Reversed Cyclic Loading

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Hassan Mahfuz, Anwar Haque, Daixu Yu, Shaik Jeelani

Materials Research Laboratory, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 118(1), 49-57 (Jan 01, 1996) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2805933 History: Received July 24, 1994; Revised March 19, 1995; Online November 27, 2007

Abstract

Compressive behavior and the tension-compression fatigue response of resin transfer molded IM7 PW/PR 500 composite laminate with a circular notch have been studied. Fatigue damage characteristics have been investigated through the changes in the laminate strength and stiffness by gradually incrementing the fatigue cycles at a preselected load level. Progressive damage in the surface of the laminate during fatigue has been investigated using cellulose replicas. Failure mechanisms during static and cyclic tests have been identified and presented in detail. Extensive debonding of filaments and complete fiber bundle fracture accompanied by delamination were found to be responsible for fatigue failures, while fiber buckling, partial fiber fracture and delamination were characterized as the failure modes during static tests. Weibull analysis of the static, cyclic and residual tests have been performed and described in detail. Fractured as well as untested specimens were C-scanned, and the progressive damage growth during fatigue is presented. Optical Microscopy (OM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) for the fractured specimen were also performed and the analysis of the failure behavior is presented.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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