Low-cycle fatigue of thermally-cycled carbon-epoxy composite


  • Ya. B. Unigovski
  • A. Grinberg
  • E. M. Gutman
  • R. Shneck


Investigation of low-cycle fatigue of composites is of vital importance for the design of structural components. In this study, the effects of thermal cycling on low-cycle fatigue behavior of carbon-epoxy laminate are investigated in a purely bending mode at strain ratios of -1 and 0.1. It is found that a very small increase in the plastic strain amplitude catastrophically shortens the fatigue life N of the composite determined as a number of cycles corresponding to 0.9 of the initial force. The preliminary thermal cycling of the composite at the temperature varied from 180°C to ?195.8°C shortens N values in comparison to the reference at small strains.


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Y. B. Unigovski, A. Grinberg, E. M. Gutman, and R. Shneck, “Low-cycle fatigue of thermally-cycled carbon-epoxy composite”, J. Met. Mater. Miner., vol. 22, no. 1, Jun. 2012.



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