Interlaminar deformations on the cylindrical surface of a hole in laminated composites: an experimental study
Boeman, Raymond G.
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Free-edge effects in composite laminates were studied experimentally. Strains were determined and compared on a ply-by-ply basis for the curved edges of a hole in thick composite panels and along the straight free-edge of the panels. The experimental technique of moire interferometry was extended to take measurements of in-plane deformations on singly-curved surfaces. A replication scheme was developed to produce high-frequency diffraction gratings on singly-curved surfaces. Two different techniques were developed to interrogate specimen gratings on 25.4 mm (1 in.) diameter holes. Eight thick composite laminates from three material systems were tested in uniaxial compression on a screw-driven testing machine. Interlaminar deformations were measured at the straight free-edge on four of the specimens. Strain distributions on the straight free-edge were compared with FEM results for two specimens. Good agreement was obtained for one specimen while poor agreement was obtained for the other.
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