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By A. Baker, S. Dutton, D. Kelly

Providing an creation to the know-how of composite fabrics as utilized in aeronautical layout and constitution, this article discusses changes among composites and metals, structural layout systems and in-service functionality of these fabrics.

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5, for a glass/polyester composite. 8 V~ Fig. 5 E2 versus Vf for two glass/polyester systems, solid lines are based on Eq. 6. In contrast to glass fibers, which are isotropic, with an Ef around 72 GPa, carbon fibers are highly anisotropic (stiffness varies with direction), having Ef around 200 GPa and E) around 7 GPa. 6). In highperformance composites, the fiber moduli are much greater than the resin moduli, so that, in the typical fiber/volume fraction range of 50-60%, the matrix has only a small effect upon E1 while the fibers have only a small effect on E2.

As mentioned earlier, most advanced composite structures are made of laminates in the form of unidirectional plies laminated together at various orientations. The fracture behavior of these materials is considered in Chapter 6 and 8. In laminates, toughness is highly dependent on the degree of ply splitting and inter-ply disbonding (delamination), resulting in high-energy absorption and crack deflection. An approach similar to that just described can be taken for this highly complex situation. 16 The direction of crack growth is based on the R1/R2 ratio for each ply and the G1/G2 ratio for the laminate.

As may be expected, when it is assumed that the fibers act as circular columns on an elastic foundation, the wavelength of the buckling increases with the fiber diameter. Two pure buckling modes can be envisaged (See Fig. 14): 1) the shear mode in which the fibers buckle in-phase and the matrix is sheared or 2) the extensional mode, in which the matrix is stretched and compressed in an out-of-phase manner. The most likely mode is that producing the lowest energy in the system. While mixed modes are possible, they require more energy than do either of the pure modes.

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