SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1994

Compressive Static and Fatigue Loading of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Composites


The compressive static and fatigue behavior of continuous fiber-reinforced composites has not yet been studied to a generally satisfactory state. The present investigation will contribute to the knowledge in compressive testing of polymer and metal matrix composites. As buckling is a major problem under compressive loading and is dependent on matrix properties, special attention has been given to determine experimentally the compressive strength of the neat matrix. A special test figure was designed. Fatigue tests were performed at different stress ratios of R = σminmax = 0.1, -1, -0.55, and 10. Two different types of fibers were used in the study: the intermediate modulus fiber T800 and the high-tenacity fiber T300, both with the BMI/resin system 5245c from BASF-Narmco. Finally, the compressive response of metal matrix composites was studied using Al2O3 fiber-reinforced aluminum.

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Schulte, K
Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg, Germany
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Developed by Committee: D30
Pages: 278–305
DOI: 10.1520/STP24344S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5264-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1499-9