Effect of impact damage on the compression fatigue behavior of composite tubes

T. M. Krafchak, J. M. Petra, B. D. Davidson, G. S. Chen

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Experimental results are presented from an exploratory study to assess the effect of barely visible impact damage on the fatigue behavior of thin walled composite tubes. Undamaged composite tubes and tubes containing barely visible impact damage were tested in compression-compression fatigue. All tubes were inspected ultrasonically prior to testing. Tubes were outfitted with strain gages both in the damaged and far-field regions and an extensometer was utilized to measure axial displacements across the damaged region. Periodically, testing was halted and tubes were inspected ultrasonically and statically tested. In general, the impact damaged tubes exhibited a significantly shorter life than the undamaged tubes; however, there were considerable differences in the lives of the individual impact damaged tubes. No damage growth or stiffness loss was observed prior to failure. Failure of the impact damaged tubes was observed to occur in a combination of delamination buckling and shear crippling modes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-866
Number of pages8
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
Issue numberpt 2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Event34th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference - La Jolla, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 19 1993Apr 22 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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