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Strength characterization of glass/epoxy plain weave composite under different biaxial loading ratios

Abstract : Over the past years, various studies have been investigated in order to characterize the behavior of composite materials under different multi-axial loading conditions. One of the most used biaxial techniques is the in-plane biaxial test on cruciform specimens. To achieve reliable biaxial failure results, the design of the cruciform specimen presents a crucial part. Previous studies show that there is no well-adapted cruciform geometry for the composite biaxial tests. In this paper, an optimal cruciform specimen has been defined numerically for the composite characterization test. The specimen is composed of two aluminum tabs glued on top and bottom side of the plain-weave glass/epoxy composite. Finite element simulations have been carried out in order to study the influence of the aluminum grade and thickness on the stress distribution in the composite. An experimental validation confirms the failure of the specimen in the central zone under three different biaxial tensile ratios. The experimental strains were evaluated using the digital image correlation method. The traction/traction quadrant of the failure envelop was obtained and compared with different failure criteria. The maximum strain criterion shows a good agreement with the experimental results.
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A. Kobeissi, P. Rahme, L. Leotoing, D. Guines. Strength characterization of glass/epoxy plain weave composite under different biaxial loading ratios. Journal of Composite Materials, SAGE Publications, 2020, 54 (19), pp.2549-2563. ⟨10.1177/0021998319899135⟩. ⟨hal-02470228⟩

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