Evaluation of fatigue strength of plain and notched specimens of short carbon-fiber reinforced polyetheretherketone in comparison with polyetheretherketone

H. Nisitani, Hiroshi Noguchi, Y. H. Kim

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Rotating-bending fatigue tests of short carbon-fiber reinforced polyetheretherketone (CFRPEEK) and polyetheretherketone (PEEK) were carried out to investigate the fatigue characteristics of plain and notched specimens at room temperature. The fatigue mechanisms in the matrix and composite were clarified through successive surface observations using the replica method. The results were discussed using linear notch mechanics. In the plain specimen of PEEK, fracture always occurs from defects and the fatigue crack initiation is of the point-initiation type. Furthermore, the fatigue crack growth rate is very high and the fatigue strength is very sensitive to a notch. The fatigue strength of the composite is much more insensitive to a notch than that of PEEK. In general the fatigue crack initiates from near the fiber end, and propagates to the circumferential direction after it grows to some extent along the fiber. The fatigue strength of an arbitrary notched specimen of these two materials will be estimated from the present results rearranged based on "linear notch mechanics".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-705
Number of pages21
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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