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- The goals of this research program were to: (1) determine how microstructural factors, especially the architecture of reinforcing fibers, control stiffness, strength, and fatigue life in 3D woven composites; (2) identify mechanisms of failure; (3) model composite stiffness; (4) model notched and unnotched strength; and (5) model fatigue life. We have examined a total of eleven different angle and orthogonal interlock woven composites. Extensive testing has revealed that these 3D woven composites possess an extraordinary combination of strength, damage tolerance, and notch insensitivity in compression and tension and in monotonic and cyclic loading. In many important regards, 3D woven composites far outstrip conventional 2D laminates or stitched laminates. Detailed microscopic analysis of damage has led to a comprehensive picture of the essential mechanisms of failure and how they are related to the reinforcement geometry. The critical characteristics of the weave architecture that promote favorable properties have been identified. Key parameters are tow size and the distributions in space and strength of geometrical flaws. The geometrical flaws should be regarded as controllable characteristics of the weave in design and manufacture. In addressing our goals, the simplest possible models of properties were always sought, in a blend of old and new modeling concepts. Nevertheless, certain properties, especially regarding damage tolerance, ultimate failure, and the detailed effects of weave architecture, require computationally intensive stochastic modeling. We have developed a new model, the 'binary model,' to carry out such tasks in the most efficient manner and with faithful representation of crucial mechanisms. This is the final report for contract NAS1-18840. It covers all work from April 1989 up to the conclusion of the program in January 1993.
- Document ID: 19950004833.
Accession ID: 95N11246.
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