Syracuse University, Syracuse,
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA
NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA
(Received 14 March 2002; accepted 15 August 2002)
The influence of specimen configuration and size on the transverse tensile strength of two glass/epoxy materials, and one carbon/epoxy material, loaded in three and four-point bending was evaluated. Transverse tensile strength was typically lower for longer span lengths due to the classical weakest link effect. However, strength was less sensitive to volume changes achieved by increasing specimen width. The Weibull scaling law typically over-predicted changes in transverse tensile strengths in three-point bend tests and under-predicted changes in transverse tensile strengths in four-point bend tests. Furthermore, the Weibull slope varied with specimen configuration, volume, and sample size. Hence, this scaling law was not adequate for predicting transverse tensile strength of heterogeneous, fiber-reinforced, polymer matrix composites.
Paper ID: CTR11003J