On the notch sensitivity of flax fibre metal laminates under static and fatigue loading

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Kandare, E., Yoo, S., Chevali, V. S. and Khatibi, A. A.. 2018. "On the notch sensitivity of flax fibre metal laminates under static and fatigue loading." Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures. 41 (8), pp. 1691-1705. https://doi.org/10.1111/ffe.12807
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On the notch sensitivity of flax fibre metal laminates under static and fatigue loading

ERA Journal ID3670
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKandare, E. (Author), Yoo, S. (Author), Chevali, V. S. (Author) and Khatibi, A. A. (Author)
Journal TitleFatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
Journal Citation41 (8), pp. 1691-1705
Number of Pages15
Year2018
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1460-2695
8756-758X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ffe.12807
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ffe.12807
Abstract

Damage progression and failure characteristics of open-hole flax fibre aluminium laminate (flax-FML) specimens subjected to quasi-static tensile or tension-tension fatigue loading were experimentally investigated. Notched and unnotched flax-FML composites exhibited brittle fracture with little or no fibre pull-out and minimal delamination at the aluminium/adhesive interface. The flax-FMLs were tested to failure under tension-tension fatigue loading conditions (R ratio of 0.1; frequency of 10Hz; applied fatigue stresses ranging between 30% and 80% of the respective ultimate tensile strength values). The fatigue cycles to failure decreased with the increase in the applied fatigue stress and hole diameter. A phenomenological modelling technique was developed to evaluate the fatigue life of an open-hole flax-FML composite. Fatigue tests on specimens subjected to a maximum load equivalent to 35% of the respective tensile failure strength were interrupted at around 85% of the corresponding fatigue life. The accumulated fatigue damage in these specimens was characterised using X-ray computed tomography. For benchmarking purposes, the fatigue performance and related damage progression in the flax-FML composite were compared with those of the glass-FMLs.

Keywordsdamage progression; fatigue modelling; flax fibre; FML composite; notch strength
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401602. Composite and hybrid materials
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Byline AffiliationsRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Centre for Future Materials
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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