An assessment of subscale notched specimens for composites shear property measurement
Budiman, Haryanto Tiara
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The feasibility study of subscale notched specimens to determine the shear response of composites is presented. The investigation consists of finite element analyses, conventional strain-gaged testing, and photomechanics experiments. Several notch geometries of the subscale specimens are studied, the standard 900 V -notch, U-notch, and circular notch. The investigation is performed on two different material systems, a standard high performance graphite/epoxy (AS4/3501-6) material and an SMC R-28 material reinforced with 28% volume fraction strand glass fiber. The moduli obtained from the subscale specimens are compared with those obtained from the standard specimens. Different degrees of twisting observed in testing the sub scale specimens are discussed. Numerical and experimental results of the SMC R-28 materials are presented. The dependence of the measured shear modulus on the relative orientation of the specimen in the panel is identified. The application of the subscale, circular notched specimens to obtain the shear modulus of the SMC material is discussed.
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