Experimental Characterization of Failure Mechanisms in Carbon Fiber Laminated Joints
Croxford, Alastair Mark
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Experimental data for carbon fiber composite joints is presented along with the characterization of failure mechanisms. These failure mechanisms are observed in three sets of testing: (1) Simple Pin Loading, (2) Window tests (pin loading with transparent out-of-plane constraints), and (3) Double Shear Bolted Joint. The first two test setups involve a unique fixture that allows the collection of far-field strain visualization via Digital Image Correlation, providing a better understanding of the laminate’s response to the load in real time. These results are subsequently compared to one another and work done in previous publications.