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    A Brief Survey of Empirical Multiaxial Strength Criteria for Composites

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    A brief survey of various empirical strength theories that have been proposed for anisotropic materials is given. Working equations for the various strength criteria are discussed and the best criteria are selected. Weaknesses of some of the criteria are also indicated.


    anisotropy, orthotropism, composite materials, laminates, failure, mechanical properties, yield stress, distortion, compression, tension, tests

    Author Information:

    Sendeckyj, GP
    Assistant professor of engineeringAerospace engineer, School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve UniversityAF Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Cleveland, OhioOhio

    Committee/Subcommittee: D30.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27739S