Quasi-Static Indentation Analysis of Carbon-Fiber Laminates [report]

Timothy Briggs, Shawn Allen English, Stacy Michelle Nelson
2015 unpublished
A series of quasi-static indentation experiments are conducted on carbon fiber reinforced polymer laminates with a systematic variation of thicknesses and fixture boundary conditions. Different deformation mechanisms and their resulting damage mechanisms are activated by changing the thickness and boundary conditions. The quasi-static indentation experiments have been shown to achieve damage mechanisms similar to impact and penetration, however without strain rate effects. The low rate allows
more » ... e low rate allows for the detailed analysis on the load response. Moreover, interrupted tests allow for the incremental analysis of various damage mechanisms and progressions. The experimentally tested specimens are non-destructively evaluated (NDE) with optical imaging, ultrasonics and computed tomography. The load displacement responses and the NDE are then utilized in numerical simulations for the purpose of model validation and vetting. The accompanying numerical simulation work serves two purposes. First, the results further reveal the time sequence of events and the meaning behind load drops not clear from NDE. Second, the simulations demonstrate insufficiencies in the code and can then direct future efforts for development. 4
doi:10.2172/1234188 fatcat:orwh7utxqrfo5fso63xhhitjrq