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Effect of fibre volume fraction on fatigue behaviour of glass fibre reinforced composite

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  • K. M. MINI,

    1. Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita Nagar, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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  • M. LAKSHMANAN,

    1. Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita Nagar, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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  • L. MATHEW,

    1. Post graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita Nagar, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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  • M. MUKUNDAN

    1. Post graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita Nagar, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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Dr. K.M. Mini. E-mail: minikmadhavan@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper is to study the fatigue behavior of GFRP composites manufactured by vacuum bagging process by varying the volume fraction. Constant-amplitude flexural fatigue tests were performed at zero mean stress, i.e. a cyclic stress ratio R=−1 by varying the frequency of the testing machine. The relationship between stiffness degradation rate and fibre volume fraction, was observed, and the influence of volume fraction on the tensile strength was also investigated. The results show that, as the volume fraction increases the stiffness degradation rate initially decreases and then increases after reaching a certain limit for the volume fraction. Graph between volume fraction and Young's modulus shows that as the volume fraction increases Young's modulus also increases and reaches a limit and then it decreases with further increase in volume fraction, due to the increase in fibre content which changes the material properties of the composite material. The obtained results are in agreement with the available results.

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