Description

Creep is the tendency of materials to deform when subjected to long-term stress, particularly when exposed to heat. Fatigue phenomena occur when a material is subjected to cyclic loading, causing damage which may progress to failure. Both are critical factors in the long-term performance and reliability of materials such as polymer matrix composites which are often exposed to these types of stress in civil engineering and other applications. This important book reviews the latest research in modelling and predicting creep and fatigue in polymer matrix composites.

The first part of the book reviews the modelling of viscoelastic and viscoplastic behaviour as a way of predicting performance and service life. Part two discusses techniques for modelling creep rupture and failure. The final part of the book discusses ways of testing and predicting long-term creep and fatigue in polymer matrix composites.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Creep and Fatigue in Polymer Matrix Composites is a standard reference for all those researching and using polymer matrix composites in such areas as civil engineering.

Key Features

  • Reviews the latest research in modelling and predicting creep and fatigue in polymer matrix composites
  • A specific focus on viscoelestic and viscoplastic modelling features the time-temperature-age superposition principle for predicting long-term response
  • Creep rupture and damage interaction is examined with particular focus on time-dependent failure criteria for lifetime prediction of polymer matrix composite structures illustrated using experimental cases

Readership

Chemists and engineers working in the polymer sciences, materials scientists

Table of Contents

Part 1 Viscoelastic and viscoplastic modelling
Viscoelastic constitutive modeling of creep and stress relaxation in polymers and polymer matrix composites
Time-temperature-age superposition principle for predicting long-term response of linear viscoelastic materials
Time-dependent behaviour of active/intelligent polymer matrix composites incorporating piezoceramic fibers
Predicting the elastic-viscoplastic and creep behaviour of polymer matrix composites using the homogenization theory
Measuring fiber strain and creep behaviour in polymer matrix composites using Raman spectroscopy
Predicting the viscoelastic behaviour of polymer nanocomposites
Constitutive modelling of viscoplastic deformation of polymer matrix composites
Creep analysis of polymer matrix composites using viscoplastic models
Micromechanical modeling of viscoelastic behaviour of polymer matrix composites undergoing large deformations

Part 2 Creep rupture
Fiber bundle models for creep rupture analysis of polymer matrix composites
Micromechanical modelling of time-dependent failure in off-axis polymer matrix composites
Time-dependent failure criteria for lifetime prediction of polymer matrix composite structures

Part 3 Fatigue modelling, characterisation and monitoring
Testing the fatigue strength of fibers used in fiber-reinforced composites using fiber bundle tests
Continuum damage mechanical modelling of creep damage and fatigue in polymer matrix composites
Accelerated testing methodology for predicting long-term creep and fatigue in polymer matrix composites
Fatigue testing methods for polymer matrix composites
The effect of viscoelasticity on fatigue behavior of polymer matrix composites
Characterization of vicoelasticity, viscoplasticity and damage in composites
Structural health monitoring of composite structures for durability

Details

No. of pages:
600
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857090430
Print ISBN:
9781845696566
Print ISBN:
9780081014585

About the editor

R M Guedes

Dr Rui Miranda Guedes works within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal. Dr Guedes has an international reputation for his research on creep and fatigue in polymer matrix composites.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Porto, Portugal

Reviews

"The range of topics covered is impressive and diverse. …a great snapshot of research and development in this field." --Materials World