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Effect of fabric biaxial prestress on the fatigue of woven E-glass/polyester composites


Haider, Nawras Haidar Mostafa Meir Al-Said and Zahari, Nur Ismarrubie and Salit, Mohd Sapuan and Hameed Sultan, Mohamed Thariq (2016) Effect of fabric biaxial prestress on the fatigue of woven E-glass/polyester composites. Materials & Design, 92. pp. 579-589. ISSN 0264-1275; ESSN: 1873-4197


In this study, woven E-glass/polyester composites are prepared with different equi-biaxially fabric prestressing levels. Fatigue tests were carried out to assess the effect of fabric pretension on the life of the prestressed composite under cyclic loading. The proposed prestressing method was implemented by applying an identical tension load to the warp and fill bundles and maintaining it until the matrix has cured. The monotonic quasi-static tensile tests were first conducted on the specimens with fabric prestressing level up to 100 MPa to estimate the optimum level of fabric prestressing. Tension–tension fatigue tests were then conducted to the samples with three different cases of prestressing, such as non-prestressed (pristine), prestressed at 50 MPa (optimum) and prestressed at 100 MPa (over-prestressed). For the composite system used throughout this work, the fatigue life of the samples prestressed at the optimum level was extended up to ~ 43%. The S–Nf relationships showed that the fabric prestressing method could be used to extend the fatigue life of composites in the intermediate and low-stress regions. The improvement in fatigue life due to fabric prestressing could decrease with increasing the off-axis fabric orientation. Fabric prestressing method was not recommended when the normalized peak stress is higher than ~ 0.6.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2015.12.109
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Equi-biaxially prestressing; Composite fatigue life; Residual stress; Prestressing level; Plain-weave fabric orientation
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 02:06
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 02:06
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