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A method of reducing moment and shear loads which occur at end plugs during compression tests of composite ortho-tropic cylinders by external radial pressure is presented. The primary goal is to reduce the interlaminar shear stress to a permissible level and reduce the bending stresses of the cylinder to a negligible amount. The need to reduce the interlaminar shear stress is a result of the generally low shear strength of resin used in composite laminates.
composite materials, compression, cylinder, fiber glass, filament, interlaminar shear, pressure, epoxy laminates, stress, evaluation, tests
Miller, R. J.
Engineer scientist specialistResearch and Development Directorate, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company-Western. Division, Santa Monica, Calif.