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Experimental characterisation of rate-dependent compression behaviour of fibre reinforced composites

Pathan, M. V., Erice, B., Ponnusami, S. A. & Petrinic, N. (2018). Experimental characterisation of rate-dependent compression behaviour of fibre reinforced composites. EPJ Web of Conferences, 183, 2053. doi: 10.1051/epjconf/201818302053


Fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) materials are being increasingly used for aerospace and automotive structural applications. One of the critical loading conditions for such applications is impact, consequently, understanding of the composite behavior under such loads becomes critical for structural design. The analysis and design process for achieving impact-resistant composite structures requires rate-dependent constitutive models, which, in turn, requires material properties of the composite over a range of strain rates. It is, therefore, the objective of the research to investigate the strain rate-dependent behavior of fiber reinforced composites under compressive loads for a wide range of fiber orientations. Quasi-static (≈ 1e-3 s-1) and high loading (≈ 200 s-1) rates are considered for the experimental study. Accordingly, two different test setups are utilized, a screw-driven universal testing machine for quasi-static tests and a Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) system for dynamic tests. The stress-strain response of the composite is reported for the different fiber orientations and the strain rates, revealing the rate-dependent characteristics of the carbon fiber reinforced composite. From the test results, it is observed that, the dependency of the fracture strength on the loading rate is significant. The results are summarised in terms of the failure envelope in the transverse compression-in-plane shear σ22-σ12 plane for the two strain rates.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering > Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics
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