Composites part a-applied science and manufacturing vol:40 issue:3 pages:251-259
This paper focuses on the static, fatigue and post-fatigue tensile properties of a biaxial carbon/epoxy non-crimp fabric composite. In a series of quasi-static tensile tests, the stress-strain level where damage initiates was determined. This stress level was then used as the maximum stress level in tensile - tensile fatigue tests in the fibre direction. It was found that in fibre direction, this load level can be considered safe for fatigue up to very high cycle numbers. The damage evolution during the tests was monitored at certain cycle times with X-ray radiography. The post-fatigue residual static tensile properties were determined after different numbers of cycles. A series of tensile - tensile fatigue tests at various higher stress levels allowed for the fatigue life curves to be constructed in each of the four testing directions. This revealed that the damage initiation load level is well below the practical fatigue limit of the material. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.