SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1989

Use of Torsion Tubes to Measure In-Plane Shear Properties of Filament-Wound Composites


This paper discusses an investigation into the applicability of torsion of filament-wound tubes to determine the in-plane shear properties of ±45° Kevlar and S-glass/epoxy com-posites. Results show that this test method can be used to determine in-plane shear properties of these materials, although failure by buckling must be prevented if valid in-plane shear strength values are to be obtained. The Kevlar/epoxy fails under in-plane shear by compressive microfrac-ture of the compressively loaded -45° regions of the tube at about half the strength of the S-glass/ epoxy. This failure appears as a yield point in the stress-strain curve of the Kevlar/epoxy, and is accompanied by a largely irrecoverable drop of more than an order of magnitude in the shear moedulus. The results also indicate that the in-plane shear strength of a filament-wound composite depends upon its winding pattern, with the use of tighter crossover spacing producing a lower strength composite.

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Foley, GE
U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, Watertown, MA
Roylance, ME
U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, Watertown, MA
Houghton, WW
Advanced Composites Laboratories, West Newton, MA
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Developed by Committee: D30
Pages: 208–223
DOI: 10.1520/STP10028S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5071-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1196-7