Simulation of Fatigue Performance & Creep Rupture of Glass-Reinforced Polymeric Composites for Infrastructure Applications


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A simulation model which incorporates the statistical- and numerical-based Lattice Green Function Local Load Sharing Model and a Fracture Mechanics-based Residual Strength Model has been developed. The model simulates creep rupture by imposing a fixed load of constant stress on the composite over the simulation duration. Simulation of the fatigue of glass fiber-reinforced composites is achieved by replacing the constant stress parameter in the model with a sinusoidal wave function. Results from the creep rupture model using fused silica fiber parameters, compare well with S-2 glass/epoxy systems. Results using Mandell's postulate that fatigue failure in glass fiber-reinforced polymeric composites is a fiber-dominated mechanism, with a characteristic slope of 10 %UTS/decade are consistent with available experimental data. The slopes of fatigue curves for simulated composites for three frequencies namely: 2, 5 and 10 Hz are within 12-14 %UTS/decade compared with that of 10.6-13.0%UTS/decade for unidirectionl glass reinforced composites (epoxy and vinyl ester) obtained from Demers' [40] data.



Glass Composites, Fatigue, Environmental Effects, Lattice Green's Function, Creep Rupture, Fiber Bundle, Local Load Sharing