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Fibre break failure processes in unidirectional composites. Part 2: Failure and critical damage state induced by sustained tensile loading

Abstract : The purpose of these three papers is not to just revisit the modelling of unidirectional composites. It is to provide a robust framework based on physical processes that can be used to optimise the design and long term reliability of internally pressurised filament wound structures. The model presented in Part 1 for the case of monotonically loaded unidirectional composites is further developed to consider the effects of the viscoelastic nature of the matrix in determining the kinetics of fibre breaks under slow or sustained loading. It is shown that the relaxation of the matrix around fibre breaks leads to locally increasing loads on neighbouring fibres and in some cases their delayed failure. Although ultimate failure is similar to the elastic case in that clusters of fibre breaks ultimately control composite failure the kinetics of their development varies significantly from the elastic case. Failure loads have been shown to reduce when loading rates are lowered.
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Alain Thionnet, H.Y. Chou, Anthony R. Bunsell. Fibre break failure processes in unidirectional composites. Part 2: Failure and critical damage state induced by sustained tensile loading. Applied Composite Materials, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2015, 22, pp.141-155. ⟨10.1007/s10443-014-9398-z⟩. ⟨hal-01144505⟩

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