Special Issue "Mechanical Characterization of FRP Composite Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Composites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assist. Prof. John Montesano
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Guest Editor
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Interests: damage mechanics; non-destructive evaluation; fatigue and fracture; impact and dynamic testing; multi-scale mechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Owing to their high specific performance and inherent damage tolerance characteristics, fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composite materials have been increasingly utilized for the primary structures of aircraft, spacecraft, marine vehicles, automobiles, and wind turbines. As these structures are continually optimized to improve the performance, the demands imposed on FRP composite materials has notably increased. Therefore, assessing the complex deformation response and failure characteristics of these materials under practical environments and loading conditions remains an active area of research. Mechanical characterization experiments generally aim to improve the understanding of the performance of FRP composite materials, as well as to support the development of the corresponding predictions tools, both of which are vital for product development.

This Special Issue is aimed at soliciting contributions focused on characterizing the mechanical performance of FRP composite materials. The scope of papers includes studies that assess the general deformation response, damage evolution, and failure morphology of conventional and emerging FRP composite materials under various loading conditions (e.g., quasi-static, dynamic, fatigue, and impact). Multi-scale investigations of fracture toughness and damage mechanism evolution, as well as the assessment of manufacturing induced defects and their influence on material performance, are also welcome. Papers targeted at developing novel experimental techniques or non-destructive damage assessment methods for FRP composites will also be considered.

Assist. Prof. John Montesano
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • characterization
  • fiber-reinforced plastic composites
  • mechanical properties
  • damage and failure
  • manufacturing induced defects
  • non-destructive evaluation

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Creep Testing of Thermoplastic Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Tubular Coupons
Materials 2020, 13(20), 4637; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13204637 - 17 Oct 2020
Abstract
Thermoplastic fiber-reinforced polymer composites (TP-FRPC) are gaining popularity in industry owing to characteristics such as fast part fabrication, ductile material properties and high resistance to environmental degradation. However, TP-FRPC are prone to time-dependent deformation effects like creep under sustained loading, which can lead [...] Read more.
Thermoplastic fiber-reinforced polymer composites (TP-FRPC) are gaining popularity in industry owing to characteristics such as fast part fabrication, ductile material properties and high resistance to environmental degradation. However, TP-FRPC are prone to time-dependent deformation effects like creep under sustained loading, which can lead to significant dimensional changes and affect the safe operation of structures. Previous research in this context has focused, mainly, on testing of flat coupons. In this study, a creep testing method for TP-FRPC tubular coupons was developed. Specimens were fabricated using tape winding and subjected to well-defined loading conditions, i.e., pure hoop tensile and pure axial compressive stress. Strain gauges and digital image correlation were both employed for strain measurements and were found to be in good agreement. The evolution of strain rate, Poisson’s ratio and creep compliance were investigated. The prediction of experimental data by the Burgers model and the Findley’s power law model were explored. The research findings suggest that the developed experimental and analysis approach provides valuable information for the design of material systems and structures. Full article
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