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Failure Mechanisms in Polymer Matrix Composites by E Greenhalgh, S Pinho, P Robinson

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Structural integrity of polymer matrix composite panels in fire

P. Gu,     University of California at San Diego, USA

Abstract:

Developments in advanced composite technology offer cost-effective application of polymer matrix composites for large load-bearing structures. However, polymer matrix composites can be severely damaged under thermal conditions caused by fire. This chapter addresses failures of polymer matrix composite panels under combined thermal-mechanical conditions. Specifically, the thermal load is fire exposure which can occur in accidental events, and the mechanical load is in-plane compression which is the common loading condition for panels in naval structures and civil infrastructure. The failure modes under such thermal-mechanical ...

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