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Use of Acoustic Emission to Characterize Corrosion Fatigue Damage Accumulation in Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyester Laminates

Lookup NU author(s): Dr George Kotsikos, Emeritus Professor Terry Evans, Professor Geoff Gibson, Dr Jack Hale


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The acoustic emission technique has been used to characterize fatigue damage accumulation in glass fiber woven roving (0/90°) polyester laminates after prolonged exposure in sea water. Comparisons were made with fatigue tests of `as-received' laminate under similar loading conditions. Pre-exposure has been found to substantially reduce the fatigue strength of the composite. Acoustic emission monitoring during fatigue testing has shown that the amplitude distribution of the acoustic events shifts from predominantly low amplitude (40-55 dB), associated with matrix cracking, in as-received specimens, to intermediate amplitude (55-75 dB) associated with delamination and debonding after pre-exposure. Optical microscopy of fatigued samples has verified these failure mode changes. The number of recorded high amplitude events (≥80 dB) associated with fiber fracture is the same in both cases, which indicates that the glass reinforcement is unaffected by pre-exposure.

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Author(s): Hale J; Kotsikos G; Evans JT; Gibson AG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Polymer Composites

Year: 1999

Volume: 20

Issue: 5

Pages: 689-696

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

ISSN (print): 0272-8397

ISSN (electronic): 1548-0569

Publisher: Society of Plastics Engineers


DOI: 10.1002/pc.10392


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