Micromechanical Analysis of the Creep Response of Unidirectional Composites

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R. N. Yancey

NDE Physicist, Advanced Research and Applications Corporation—ARACOR, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Marek-Jerzy Pindera

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesvile, VA 22901

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 112(2), 157-163 (Apr 01, 1990) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2903302 History: Received April 26, 1989; Online April 29, 2008


The paper outlines the use of the micromechanics model proposed by Aboudi in predicting the creep response of unidirectional composites consisting of linearly viscoelastic matrices and elastic fibers. The closed-form expressions for the effective elastic moduli given in terms of the phase moduli and volume fractions provided by the micromechanics model facilitate a straightforward application of the viscoelastic Correspondence Principle. The inversion of the effective moduli in the Laplace transform domain to the time domain is subsequently accomplished using the Bellman method. The predictions of the model are compared with the creep response of T300/934 graphite/epoxy unidirectional coupons at two different temperatures. Very good correlation between theory and experiment is illustrated for the linearly viscoelastic response characterized by relatively small creep strains.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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