member of technical staff, Technology Support Division, Hughes Aircraft, Culver City, CA
Professor mechanical engineering, Composite Materials Research Group, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
A finite element micromechanics analysis is used to predict the longitudinal and transverse moduli of both graphite/epoxy and glass/epoxy unidirectional composites, as a function of temperature, for various moisture preconditionings. These predictions are then correlated with corresponding experimental data. The micromechanics analysis includes temperature- and moisture-dependent matrix material properties, inelastic matrix stress-strain response, and anisotropic fibers. Thermal residual stresses caused by cooldown from the cure temperature and moisture-induced swelling stresses are included in the analysis. Good correlation is obtained between theory and experiment.
Paper ID: CTR10763J