The Latest Research in Modelling and Predicting Creep and Fatigue in Polymer Matrix Composites

Both creep and fatigue are important issues worthy of investigation due to the potential for long-term damage and in extreme cases failure. Performance and reliability measurement requires a thorough understanding of creep and fatigue principles of paramount importance in civil engineering and other applications.

Creep and fatigue in polymer matrix composites from Woodhead Publishing 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. Measurement using the Raman spectroscopy is also discussed in the context of fibre strain and creep behaviour.

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. Further methods of fatigue modelling, characterisation and monitoring reviewed include fibre bundle tests and accelerated testing methodologies. A specific chapter on structural health monitoring of composite structures for durability incorporates relevant case studies and explores fibre reinforced polymer structures in the bridge industry.

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.

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