Thesis defense F. Lahuerta Calahorra: laminates

18 January 2017 | 12:30
location: Aula, TU Delft
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Thickness effect in composite laminates in static and fatigue loading. Promotor: L.J. Sluijs (CiTG).

Thick Laminates (above 6 mm) are increasingly present in large composites structures such as wind turbine blades. Designs are based on static and fatigue coupon tests performed on 1-4 mm thin laminates. However, a thickness effect has been observed in limited available experimental data. For this reason standard experimental data cannot automatically be transferred to thicker laminates. Different factors are involved in the decrease of static and dynamic performance. These include the effect of self-heating, a mechanical scaling effect and the manufacturing process influence.

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