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Effects of Fiber Volume on Modal Response of Through-Thickness Angle Interlock Textile Composites

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DOI: 10.4236/ojcm.2014.41005    3,573 Downloads   5,312 Views   Citations


Prior static studies of three-dimensionally woven carbon/epoxy textile composites show that large interlaminar normal and shear strains occur as a result of layer waviness under static compression loading. This study addresses the dynamic response of 3D through-thickness angle interlock textile composites, and how interaction between different layer waviness influences the modal frequencies. The samples have common as-woven textile architecture, but they are cured at varying compaction pressures to achieve varying levels of fiber volume and fiber architecture distortion. Samples produced have varying final cured laminate thickness, which allows observations on the influence of increased fiber volume (generally believed to improve mechanical performance) weighed against the increased fiber distortion (generally believed to decrease mechanical performance). The results obtained from this study show that no added damping was developed in the as-woven identical panels. Furthermore, a linear relation exists between modal frequency and thickness (fiber volume).

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M. Villa, R. Hale and M. Ewing, "Effects of Fiber Volume on Modal Response of Through-Thickness Angle Interlock Textile Composites," Open Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 4 No. 1, 2014, pp. 40-46. doi: 10.4236/ojcm.2014.41005.


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