Fraunhofer IWM Forschungsberichte, Band 29
Zalikha Murni Abdul Hamid
Hrsg.: Fraunhofer IWM, Freiburg
2023, 164 S., num., mostly col. illus. and tab., Softcover
Karlsruhe, KIT, Diss., 2022
Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) is known for its high strength-to-weight ratio compared to other materials. However, under fatigue loading the CFRP response is complex. Hence, knowledge in macro- and microscopic level is required to fully understand its fatigue damage. Unfortunately, it is not easily accessible from standard testing alone.
Here, the analysis of damage in unidirectional CFRP under fatigue loading is discussed. A new experimental method to study fatigue on micro-level material response, which requires a novel sample preparation process, was developed. The analysis is based on S-N curve, in-situ observation, and fracture surface of selected micro-specimens. The new method provides comparable quality to that of standard testing while bringing microscopic insight. Further, a new fatigue model of CFRP, based on anisotropic linear elastic Hooke’s law, was proposed. It includes three damage variables linked to the microplastic work dissipation. It was implemented in Abaqus and validated against macro- and micro-specimens. It accurately predicts the fatigue lifetime at both macro and micro levels. A new improved formulation of fatigue model is also briefly discussed.