A novel tab for tensile testing of unidirectional thermoplastic composites

Mazlina Mohd Tahir, Wenxue Wang, Terutake Matsubara

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Abstract

This study proposes a novel tab for the tensile testing of unidirectional (UD) carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic polyamide 6 (CF/PA6) to reduce stress concentration at the tab end. The length of the new tab is identical to that of the UD CF/PA6 specimen to avoid a sudden change in geometry that is typically observed in a conventional tab end. Additionally, three types of UD CF/PA6 laminates from different manufacturers are used to fabricate tensile specimens. Specimens with a new tab and a conventional nontapered tab are tested under quasi-static tension. Finite element simulations of tensile testing are also performed for specimens with two types of tabs. The experimental and simulation results demonstrate that the newly designed tab reduces the stress concentration at the tab end by approximately 10% and improves the estimates of tensile strength for the UD thermoplastic composite laminates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-51
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

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Tensile testing
Thermoplastics
carbon fibers
Polyamides
Carbon fibers
composite materials
stress concentration
Composite materials
laminates
Laminates
Stress concentration
tensile strength
Tensile strength
simulation
Geometry
estimates
geometry
carbon fiber
nylon 6

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  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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A novel tab for tensile testing of unidirectional thermoplastic composites. / Tahir, Mazlina Mohd; Wang, Wenxue; Matsubara, Terutake.

In: Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, Vol. 32, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 37-51.

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