Fatigue strength of tubular carbon fibre composites under bending/torsion loading

  • Capela C
  • Ferreira J
  • Febra T
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Carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites have been increasingly used on structures frequently subjected to biaxial fatigue loadings. This paper studies the fatigue behaviour of tubular carbon fibre composites under in phase biaxial bending/torsion dynamic loadings. Particularly, it was analysed both the torsion stress and mean stress effects on the fatigue strength and failure mechanisms. Fatigue strength decreases significantly with increased torsional/bending stresses ratio, while the damage becomes faster. For the cases in which a torsion loading was applied the effect of the mean stress on the fatigue strength seems to be well fitted by using a quadratic equation.

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  • Biaxial fatigue
  • Carbon fibre
  • Fatigue testing
  • Tubular structures

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