Fatigue in Composites: Science and Technology of the Fatigue Response of Fibre-Reinforced Plastics

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B. Harris
Woodhead Publishing, Nov 14, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 742 pages
Fiber composites, like metals, exhibit a form of degradation in service described as fatigue. Engineers must understand composite fatigue because it is a causative agent of design and structural failures. Engineers need to increase their knowledge of the mechanisms which result in degradation in order to predict the life of a composite under specified conditions and produce composites with greater durability.

This book provides an extensive account of contemporary research on fatigue from a selection of internationally recognized researchers. Part one introduces the concept, delivering a historical review of the fatigue behavior of fiber-reinforced plastics and illustrating fatigue test methods and fatigue under multiaxial stress systems. The second part reviews current research on micromechanical aspects, emphasizing long-term behavior, interface performance, delamination, and damage accumulation. The next two sections cover the analysis and testing of fatigue behavior and detail physical, micromechanical, computational, statistical, and life-prediction models for constant and variable stress. The final parts offer an overview of the wide range of composite fatigue-related problems experienced by engineers in aerospace, marine, and structural engineering.

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A historical review of the fatigue behaviour of fibrereinforced plastics
Fatigue test methods problems and standards
Fatigue under multiaxial stress systems
The effects of aggressive environments on longterm behaviour
The effect of the interface on the fatigue performance of fibre
Delamination fatigue
The fatigue of hybrid composites
Nondestructive evaluation of damage accumulation
Micromechanical models
A computational mesodamage model for life prediction for laminates
Analysis of matrix crackinduced delamination in composite laminates
Fatigue strength of composites under variable plane stress
A parametric constantlife model for prediction of the fatigue lives
A neuralnetwork approach to fatiguelife prediction
The fatigue performance of composite structural components
Fatigue of joints in composite structures

Shortfibre thermoset composites
Wovenfibre thermoset composites
Fatigue of thermoplastic composites
Fatigue of wood and wood panel products
Physical modelling of damage development in structural composite
Fatigue in filamentwound structures
Fatigue of FRP composites in civil engineering applications
Fatigue and durability of marine composites

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Professor Bryan Harris graduated in Industrial Metallurgy from the University of Birmingham, subsequently taking a PhD at Cambridge University and a DSc, again from Birmingham. After working in industry for ICI Metals Division in Birmingham, followed by a spell at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Connecticut, USA, Professor Harris returned to academia, developing a keen interest in the field of composite materials. In 1976 he was appointed Professor of Materials Science at Bath University where he is now Professor Emeritus. He retains his interest in composite materials, with special emphasis on fatigue, fracture and non-destructive evaluation, but he has also at various times worked on the manufacturing of polymer-, ceramic and metal-matrix composites. From 1984-1999 he was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Composites Science & Technology. He is currently Materials Consultant for Buro Happold Civil Engineers Ltd.

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