Composite materials are largely used for structural applications, thanks to their high strength-to-weight ratios. However, it is difficult to make accurate estimations on their mechanical behavior, as it is affected by several factors, involved both in the manufacturing process and in the experimental testing. In this study, GFRP laminates, with different stacking sequences, are tested under static loading conditions. During testing, thermal analyses are also performed by means of a thermal camera, obtaining an energetic parameter (i.e. the temperature) useful for the evaluation of damage. The thermographic method allows both qualitative and quantitative analyses to be performed in a relatively short time. Besides thermal analyses, damage is also assessed by means of static tests, interrupted at different load levels, and followed by stiffness reduction measurements and microscopic analyses, allowing for a comparison of the obtained results.

Damage assessment of composite materials by means of thermographic analyses

LIBONATI, FLAVIA;VERGANI, LAURA MARIA
2013

Abstract

Composite materials are largely used for structural applications, thanks to their high strength-to-weight ratios. However, it is difficult to make accurate estimations on their mechanical behavior, as it is affected by several factors, involved both in the manufacturing process and in the experimental testing. In this study, GFRP laminates, with different stacking sequences, are tested under static loading conditions. During testing, thermal analyses are also performed by means of a thermal camera, obtaining an energetic parameter (i.e. the temperature) useful for the evaluation of damage. The thermographic method allows both qualitative and quantitative analyses to be performed in a relatively short time. Besides thermal analyses, damage is also assessed by means of static tests, interrupted at different load levels, and followed by stiffness reduction measurements and microscopic analyses, allowing for a comparison of the obtained results.
Glass fibers; Laminates; Defects; Thermal analyses; Damage
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