The aim of this work was to analyze the influence of fibers on the mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced elastomers under cyclic loading. Thus, the focus was on the characterization of structure-property interactions, in particular the dynamic mechanical and viscoelastic behavior. Endless twill-woven glass fibers were chosen as the reinforcement, along with silicone as the matrix material. For the characterization of the flexible composites, a novel testing device was developed. Apart from the conventional dynamic mechanical analysis, in which the effect of the fiber orientation was also considered, modified step cycle tests were conducted under tensile loading. The material viscoelastic behavior was studied, evaluating both the stress relaxation response and the capability of the material to dissipate energy under straining. The effects of the displacement rate of the strain level, the amplitude of the strain applied in the loading-unloading step cycle test, and the number of the applied cycles were evaluated. The results revealed that an optimized fiber orientation leads to 30-fold enhanced stiffness, along with 10 times higher bearable stress. The findings demonstrated that tailored reinforced elastomers with endless fibers have a strong influence on the mechanical performance, affecting the structural properties significantly.

Viscoelastic behavior of glass-fiber-reinforced silicone composites exposed to cyclic loading

Marano C.;
2020

Abstract

The aim of this work was to analyze the influence of fibers on the mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced elastomers under cyclic loading. Thus, the focus was on the characterization of structure-property interactions, in particular the dynamic mechanical and viscoelastic behavior. Endless twill-woven glass fibers were chosen as the reinforcement, along with silicone as the matrix material. For the characterization of the flexible composites, a novel testing device was developed. Apart from the conventional dynamic mechanical analysis, in which the effect of the fiber orientation was also considered, modified step cycle tests were conducted under tensile loading. The material viscoelastic behavior was studied, evaluating both the stress relaxation response and the capability of the material to dissipate energy under straining. The effects of the displacement rate of the strain level, the amplitude of the strain applied in the loading-unloading step cycle test, and the number of the applied cycles were evaluated. The results revealed that an optimized fiber orientation leads to 30-fold enhanced stiffness, along with 10 times higher bearable stress. The findings demonstrated that tailored reinforced elastomers with endless fibers have a strong influence on the mechanical performance, affecting the structural properties significantly.
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