Effect of matrix cracking on mechanical properties in FRP angle-ply laminates

M. J. Mohammad Fikry, Shinji Ogihara, Vladimir Vinogradov

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Abstract

Fiber Reinforced Polymer laminates (FRP) have properties, which are highly dependent on the ply fiber orientations and which can be designed for optimum laminate performance. The purpose of this study is to investigate effect of matrix cracking on the mechanical properties of angle-ply FRP laminates. Carbon and glass fiber reinforced polymer laminates (CFRP and GFRP) are tested. The laminates with layups [θm(2)n(1)]s cured by using autoclave method are loaded monotonically and cyclically to obtain their mechanical properties and the effect of matrix cracks on the properties. Some of the effects include reduction of laminates' stiffness and residual strains after unloading. In order to obtain higher crack densities in specimens, artificial cracks method was introduced in this study, where notches were made at the edges of some specimens before tested in tension. The measured stiffness reduction as a function of the crack density is compared to an analytical prediction for cracked angle-ply laminates based on a variational stress analysis. The experimental results for stiffness reduction agree well with the analytical results. Understanding the behavior of damaged cross-ply and simple angle-ply laminates is of high importance for prediction of damage effects on laminates with more complex configuration, e.g. with quasi-isotropic layups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials
PublisherApplied Mechanics Laboratory
ISBN (Electronic)9781510896932
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event18th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2018 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 24 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials

Conference

Conference18th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2018
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityAthens
Period24/06/1828/06/18

Keywords

  • Artificial cracks
  • Composites
  • Crack density
  • Damage behavior
  • Laminate
  • Stiffness reduction

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