Effect of an open hole on the compression fatigue behavior of composite tubes

B. D. Davidson, J. M. Petra

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The effect of open holes on the fatigue behavior of thin-walled composite tubes was investigated. The compression fatigue of tubes with 0.25-in diameter open hole was monitored ultrasonically and extensometrically. It was illustrated that open hole induced bending of tubes resulting to formation and growth of fatigue cracks that rapidly propagated through the damaged region surrounding the hole. Ultimate failure was observed once cracks propagated to the undamaged portion of the tubes. Generally, the tubes exhibited short fatigue lives; however, there were considerable differences in the lives of individual tubes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-802
Number of pages11
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 35th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. Part 1 (of 5) - Hilton Head, SC, USA
Duration: Apr 18 1994Apr 20 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • General Materials Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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