(Received 10 April 2003; accepted 17 July 2003)
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This work evaluates the effects of static and cyclic loading conditions on the stress corrosion process in unidirectional glass/modified polyester composite in the presence of a nitric acid solution. The composites were investigated under static, cyclic, and static with overload conditions using a rectangular specimen with centrally positioned grooves. The stress corrosion process was monitored using acoustic emission (AE). It was found that the time-to-failure of the composite specimens were only slightly affected by loading conditions. However, the large scatter in the time-to-failure of the specimens did not allow for the proper evaluation of the effect of the cyclic loads on the stress corrosion fracture process. It seemed that the time-to-failure were more influenced by the specimen variations than by the type of loading. By using an AE digital set-up based on four transducers, not only can the fiber fracture by stress corrosion be very accurately monitored, but also the location of AE sources can be precisely determined.
University of Denver, Denver, CO
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