A new test methodology based on structural resonance for mode I fatigue delamination growth in an unidirectional composite

Abstract : A specific device has been set up to test by vibration resonance the mode I fatigue delamination growth onset of composite laminates. This test system, based on the DCB test specimen, is a mass-spring-specimen dynamic system designed to resonate. The defined operating conditions allow performing delamination propagation tests under imposed load and stopping the test under reproducible conditions, identical to the ones recommended in the ASTM-D6115 standard. This system allows fatigue tests to be driven up to 100Hz, reducing the time taken by a factor of ten without detrimental heat being generated in the material. The effect of frequency on the fatigue delamination growth on mode I has been investigated through a comparison with standard tests performed at 10Hz. A decrease in resistance to the propagation of delamination is observed with the increase in frequency for the composite studied. This frequency effect seems to be a strain rate effect and was taken in consideration by using dynamical critical energy restitution rate for the G-N curve plotting.
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Irène Maillet, Laurent Michel, Germain Rico, Mathieu Fressinet, Yves Gourinat. A new test methodology based on structural resonance for mode I fatigue delamination growth in an unidirectional composite. Composite Structures, Elsevier, 2013, vol. 97, pp. 353-362. ⟨10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.10.024⟩. ⟨hal-00824178⟩

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