MECHANICAL PROPERTY PREDICTIONS FOR SHORT FIBER/BRITTLE MATRIX COMPOSITES.

C. Y. Chen, Charles L Tucker

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Abstract

A model is presented which predicts the effects of fiber orientation and matrix microcracking on the monotonic tensile stress-strain curves of composites with short fibers and brittle matrices. A hypothetical composite with aligned fibers is modeled as having elastic constants which decrease with strain in monotonic loading. These properties are measured for a composite with continuous aligned glass fibers in an unsaturated polyester matrix by testing various laminates. The results successfully predict the nonlinear stress-strain curves of other lamination sequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-129
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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