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Transverse strength of composites containing optical fibers
Author(s): Gregory Paul Carman; Clare A. Paul; George P. Sendeckyj
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Paper Abstract

The effect of embedded optical fibers on the transverse strength of an AS4/3501-6 composite is experimentally evaluated. The test data are compared with an existing analytical model where applicable. Parametric studies reported on include varying the optical fiber's physical size, coating thickness, and adhesion between the optical fiber and the composite. Results demonstrate that for certain cases the transverse strength can be degraded as much as 50%, however for small diameter optical fibers the strength reduction is negligible. Furthermore, polyimide coated optical fibers appear to have less of an effect on transverse strength than do uncoated optical fibers. It is suggested, both analytically and experimentally, that an optimal coating thickness exists to minimize the degradation in transverse strength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1917, Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Structures and Intelligent Systems, (8 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.152769
Show Author Affiliations
Gregory Paul Carman, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Clare A. Paul, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)
George P. Sendeckyj, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1917:
Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Structures and Intelligent Systems
Nesbitt W. Hagood; Gareth J. Knowles, Editor(s)

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