Review Articles

Dynamic Testing and Characterization of Woven/Braided Polymer Composites: A Review

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Wieslaw K. Binienda

Civil Engineering Department,
The University of Akron,
Akron, OH 44325
e-mail: wbinienda@uakron.edu

Robert K. Goldberg

NASA Glenn Research Center,
Cleveland, OH 44135
e-mail: robert.k.goldberg@nasa.gov

Manuscript received May 18, 2010; final manuscript received October 18, 2012; published online November 15, 2012. Editor: Harry Dankowicz.

Appl. Mech. Rev 64(5), 050803 (Nov 15, 2012) (16 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4007873 History: Received May 18, 2010; Revised October 18, 2012

Woven and braided polymer composite structures are used in many primary aerospace applications because of their superior behavior under dynamic loading conditions and light weight. Characterization of all anisotropic properties under various strain rate and temperature conditions becomes essential for analysis, design, and numerical simulations. This paper aims to present a review of critical testing methods of polymer and composite materials. In the second part, a review of numerical and analytical models for the dynamic analysis of woven and braided composites is presented. This review article cites 138 references.

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Fig. 1

Typical stress-strain curves of polymers under uniaxial tension

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Schematic demonstration of polymer stress-strain curves under different testing temperatures

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Schematic demonstration of strain rate effects on polymer stress-strain curves

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Room temperature tension test results for E862 epoxy (Littell et al. [24], with permission from ASCE)

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Room temperature torsion test results for E862 epoxy (Littell et al. [24], with permission from ASCE)

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Tension test results for E862 epoxy under various temperatures at 10−1 strain rate loading conditions (Littell et al. [24], with permission from ASCE)

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Torsion test results for E862 epoxy under various temperatures at 10−1 strain rate loading conditions (Littell et al. [24], with permission from ASCE)

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Simulation of the nonlinear, strain rate dependent response of polyphenylene including nonlinear unloading by use of the viscoplasticity theory based on overstress (Colak [90], with permission from Elsevier)

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Simulation of shear stress-shear strain response of PR520 polymer over a variety of strain rates (Goldberg et al. [92], with permission from ASCE)

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Simulation of uniaxial tensile stress-strain response of PR520 polymer over a variety of strain rates (Goldberg et al. [92], with permission from ASCE)

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Effect of incorporating hydrostatic stress effects into simulation of uniaxial tensile response of PR520 polymer (Goldberg et al. [92], with permission from ASCE)

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Illustration of the homogenization approach from fiber tow, up through composite structure applied by Janapala et al. [108] (with permission from ASCE)

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Damage patterns predicted in a crush test of a braided composite. The local damage patterns were related to matrix damage (Janapala et al. [108], with permission from ASCE).

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Subcell based discretization of woven composite unit cell by Aminjikarai and Tabiei [109] (with permission from Elsevier)

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Analysis of the rate dependent tensile stress-strain response of a glass-epoxy plain weave composite by Aminjikarai and Tabiei [109] (with permission from Elsevier)

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Stress contours and damage patterns obtained by simulation of a projectile impact into an orthogonally woven polymer matrix composite (Sun et al. [115], with permission from Elsevier)

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Subcell based discretization of braided composite unit cell developed by Littell et al. [63] (with permission from Elsevier)

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Simulation of the axial crush response of braided composite tubes utilizing continuum damage mechanics model (Xiao et al. [130], with permission from Elsevier)

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Experimentally obtained impact damage patterns obtained by Iannucci [133] (with permission from Elsevier)

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Simulation of a composite impact test using the Iannucci model [133] (with permission from Elsevier)



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