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The effect of loading rate on the fracture toughness of fiber reinforced polymer composites

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  • George C. Jacob,

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    1. Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 434 Dougherty Engineering, Knoxville, TN 37996
    • Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 434 Dougherty Engineering, Knoxville, TN 37996
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  • J. Michael Starbuck,

    1. Polymer Matrix Composites Group, Metals and Ceramics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Post Office Box 2009, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-8048
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  • John F. Fellers,

    1. Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 434 Dougherty Engineering, Knoxville, TN 37996
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  • Srdan Simunovic,

    1. Computational Material Science, Computer Science and Mathematics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Post Office Box 2008, Bldg. 6025, MS-6359, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6359
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  • Raymond G. Boeman

    1. Polymer Matrix Composites Group, Metals and Ceramics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Post Office Box 2009, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-8048
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  • DISCLAIMER: The submitted manuscript has been authored by a contractor of the U.S. Government under contract No. DE–AC05–00OR22725. Accordingly, the U.S. Government retains a nonexclusive, royalty-free license to publish or reproduce the published form of this contribution, or allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes.

Abstract

This article is a detailed review of the strain rate dependence of fracture toughness properties in polymer composite materials. An attempt is made to draw together all the strain rate studies done in the past and to elucidate the reasons given by the authors of the reviewed papers for the trends resulting from their studies to better understand the strain rate effects on the fracture toughness of fiber reinforced polymer composite materials. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 96: 899–904, 2005

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