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The mechanical behavior of a composite laminate can be predicted by lamination theory if the properties of individual lamina are known. The in-plane shear stiffness and strength of lamina and of multidirectionally reinforced laminates have often proved to be most difficult to measure. In this article, we present an experimental technique that is used at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc., to measure the inplane shear properties of advanced composite laminates with plies of arbitrary fiber orientation.
Lockheed Research Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA
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