Application of prestressed transparent composite beams in fracture mechanics

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This work presents the mixed-mode I/II/III version of the prestressed end-notched flexure system for the general delamination characterization of composite materials. The novel fracture mechanical configuration combines the traditional modeI double-cantilever beam and the mode-II end-notched flexure specimens with the mode-III modified split-cantilever beam. First, a steel roller with a given diameter - which should not exceed the critical crack opening - is inserted to the delamination front, this fixes the mode-I part of the total energy release rate. Second, the prestressed specimen is put into the special rig of the MSCB specimen, and with the help of a prestressing screw the mode-III part of the total energy release rate is also fixed. Third, the prestressed specimen is put into a simple three-point bending setup and the mode-II part of the total energy release rate is increased up to fracture initiation. Using this method, i.e. varying the crack opening displacement by the steel roller and the crack tearing displacement by the MSCB rig the fracture surface in the GI - GIII - GIII space can be obtained. To demonstrate the applicability and limitations of the novel system experiments on glass-fiber reinforced polyester specimens were performed including separated mode-I, mode-II, mode-III, mixed-mode I/I I, II/III, I/III and I/II/III fracture tests. To reduce the measured data a previously validated improved beam theory scheme is applied. Finally, the surface of the fracture criterion is constructed by the generalization of the traditional criterion by Williams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-97
Number of pages9
JournalPeriodica Polytechnica, Mechanical Engineering
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Fracture mechanics
Energy release rate
Composite materials
Cantilever beams
Cracks
Delamination
Prestressing
Steel
Glass fibers
Polyesters
Experiments

Keywords

  • Beam theory
  • Composite
  • Interlaminar fracture
  • Variable mode-mixity

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  • Mechanical Engineering

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Application of prestressed transparent composite beams in fracture mechanics. / Szekrényes, A.

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