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  • 1.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Westin, Mikael
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. University of Jyvaskyla, Department of Physics.
    Korpimäki, Jani
    CSI Composites.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Nanofibre distribution in composites manufactured with epoxy reinforced with nanofibrillated cellulose: model prediction and verification2016Inngår i: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, ISSN 1757-8981, E-ISSN 1757-899X, Vol. 139, artikkel-id 012011Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study a model based on simple scattering is developed and used to predict the distribution of nanofibrillated cellulose in composites manufactured by resin transfer moulding (RTM) where the resin contains nanofibres. The model is a Monte Carlo based simulation where nanofibres are randomly chosen from probability density functions for length, diameter and orientation. Their movements are then tracked as they advance through a random arrangement of fibres in defined fibre bundles. The results of the model show that the fabric filters the nanofibres within the first 20 µm unless clear inter-bundle channels are available. The volume fraction of the fabric fibres, flow velocity and size of nanofibre influence this to some extent. To verify the model, an epoxy with 0.5 wt.% Kraft Birch nanofibres was made through a solvent exchange route and stained with a colouring agent. This was infused into a glass fibre fabric using an RTM process. The experimental results confirmed the filtering of the nanofibres by the fibre bundles and their penetration in the fabric via the inter-bundle channels. Hence, the model is a useful tool for visualising the distribution of the nanofibres in composites in this manufacturing process.

  • 2.
    Al-Maqdasi, Zainab
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. Luleå University of Technology.
    Development of Constituents for Multi-functional Composites Reinforced with Cellulosic Fibers2019Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Bio-basedcomposites are being increasingly used in applications where weight saving,and environmental friendliness is as important as structural performance. Obviously, bio-based materials have their limitations regarding durability and stability of the properties,but their potential in use for advanced applications can be expanded if they were functionalized and considered beyond their structural performance.

    Multifunctionalityincomposites can be achieved by modifyingeither of the composite constituents at different levelsso that they can perform energy-associated roles besides their structural reinforcement in the system. For the fibers, this can be done at the microscale by altering theirmicrostructure during spinning process or by applying functional coatings. As for the matrix, it is usually done by incorporating additives that can impart the required characteristics to the matrix. The nano-sized additives that mightbe considered for this objective are graphene and carbon nano-tubes. A big challenge with such materials is the difficulty to reachthe dispersionstate necessary for formation ofstable network to overcome the percolation threshold for conductivity. However, once the network is formed, the composite can have improved mechanical performance together with one or more of the added functionalities such as barrier capabilities,thermal and/or electrical conductivities or electromagnetic interference ability.

    Enormous work has been done to achieve the functionality incomposites produced with special care in laboratories. However, when it comes to mass production, it is both cost and energy inefficient to use tedious,complex methods for the manufacturing. Hence there is a need to investigate the potential of using scalable and industrial-relevant techniques and materials with acceptable compromise between cost and properties.

    The work presented in this thesis is performedwithin two projects aiming to achieve functional composites based on natural and man-made cellulosic fibers suitable for industrial upscaling. Conductive Regenerated Cellulose Fibers (RCFs) were produced by coating them with copper by electroless coating process using commercial materials. On the other hand, commercial masterbatches based on Graphene Nano-Platelets (GNPs) were used to produce wood polymer composites (WPC) with added multifunctionality by melt extrusion process. The process is one of the conventional methods used inpolymerproductionand needsno modifications for processingfunctional composites. Both materials together can be used to produce hybrid functional composites.

    The incorporation of the GNP into HDPE has resulted in improvement in the mechanical propertiesof polymer as well as composite reinforced with wood fibers. Stiffness has increased to a large extent while effect on the strength was less pronounced(>100% and 18% for stiffness and strength at 15%GNP loading). The enhancement of thermal conductivityat higher graphene loadingswas also observed. Moreover, time-dependent response of the polymer has also been affected and the addition of GNP has resulted in reduced viscoplastic strains and improved creep behavior.

    The copper-coated cellulose fibers showed a significant increasein electrical conductivity(<1Ω/50mm of coated samples) and a potential in use as sensor materials. However, these results come with the cost of reduction in mechanical properties of fibers (10% and 70% for tensile stiffness and strength, respectively) due to theeffect ofchemicals involved in the process.

  • 3.
    Al-Maqdasi, Zainab
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Gong, Guan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. RISE SICOMP.
    Nyström, Birgitha
    RISE SICOMP.
    Emami, Nazanin
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Maskinelement.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Characterization of wood and Graphene Nanoplatelets (GNPs) Reinforced Polymer CompositesManuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 4.
    Al-Maqdasi, Zainab
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Gong, Guan
    Swerea SICOMP AB, Piteå.
    Nyström, Birgitha
    Swerea SICOMP AB, Piteå.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Wood Fiber Composites With Added Multi-Functionality2018Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) are used to enhance the mechanical properties and functionality of wood plastic composite (WPC) targeting applications such as de-icing or anti-icing and fast thermal diffusivity. The GNPs are integrated into neat polymer using a masterbatch containing functionalized graphene by melt compounding through a twin-screw extruder without the use of any coupling agent or compatibilizer. The same manufacturing process (melt compounding) but with the use of compatibilizer is employed to produce WPC with nano-doped matrix. The effect of different GNP loadings (up to 15 wt.%) on morphology, crystallinity, mechanical and thermal conductivity of the nanocomposites and the WPCs was investigated. It was found that both strength and modulus of nanocomposites, in tension and bending, were increased with the addition of GNPs. With the aid of MAPE compatibilizer WPCs show higher flexural strength and modulus than neat polymer. GNP has marginal effect on the flexural stress but further increases flexural modulus of WPC. The preliminary results related to the thermal conductivity of studied materials indicate that the incorporation of GNP may be beneficial for faster and more uniform heat distribution in WPC.

  • 5.
    Al-Maqdasi, Zainab
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Hajlane, Abdelghani
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. Materials Science and Nano-engineering, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Benguerir, Morocco.
    Renbi, Abdelghani
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, EISLAB.
    Ouarga, Ayoub
    Materials Science and Nano-engineering, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Benguerir, Morocco.
    Chouhan, Shailesh Singh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, EISLAB.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Conductive Regenerated Cellulose Fibers by Electroless Plating2019Inngår i: Fibers, ISSN 2079-6439, Vol. 7, nr 5, artikkel-id 38Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Continuous metallized regenerated cellulose fibers for advanced applications (e.g. multi-functional composites) are produced by electroless copper plating. Copper is successfully deposited on the surface of cellulose fibers using commercial cyanide-free electroless copper plating package commonly available for manufacturing of printed wiring boards. The deposited copper is found to enhance the thermal stability, electrical conductivity and resistance to moisture uptake of the fibers. On the other hand, involved chemistry results in altering the molecular structure of the fibers as is indicated by the degradation of their mechanical performance (tensile strength and modulus).

  • 6.
    Almgren, Karin M
    et al.
    STFI-Packforsk AB, Box 5604, SE-114 86 Stockholm.
    Gamstedt, Kristofer
    Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, Royal Institute of Technology - KTH.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Contribution of wood fiber hygroexpansion to moisture induced thickness swelling of composite plates2010Inngår i: Polymer Composites, ISSN 0272-8397, E-ISSN 1548-0569, Vol. 31, nr 5, s. 762-771Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    One of the main drawbacks of wood fiber-based composite materials is their propensity to swell due to moisture uptake. Because the wood fibers are usually the main contributor to hygroexpansion, it is of interest to quantify the hygroexpansion coefficient of wood fibers, to compare and rank different types of fibers. This investigation outlines an inverse method to estimate the transverse hygroexpansion coefficient of wood fibers based on measurements of moisture induced thickness swelling of composite plates. The model is based on composite micromechanics and laminate theory. Thickness swelling has been measured on polylactide matrix composites with either bleached reference fibers or crosslinked fibers. The crosslinking modification reduced the transverse hygroexpansion of the composites and the transverse coefficient of hygroexpansion of the fibers was reduced from 0.28 strain per relative humidity for reference fibers to 0.12 for cross-linked fibers.

  • 7.
    Al-Ramahi, Nawres
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Failure Impact Energy in Curved Composite Plates2012Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    An investigation of low velocity impact characteristics of curved composite plates have been presented. The plates represent parts of car's bumpers with radii of curvature of 120mm,200mm, 300mm, 450mm and infinity.

    Two types of composite materials are used, unidirectional 0° and woven 0°/90° types with five layers of 3mm thickness and ten layers of 6mm thickness of each type.

    The results showed that larger plates curvatures can absorb more impact energy and the ten layer woven 0°/90° composite are superior to similar unidirectional 0° composite. On the other hand the five layer unidirectional 0° plates are superior in absorbing energy compared to similar woven 0°/90° plates.

    An investigation of the failure patterns and development for both types of composite has been presented and discussed.

    The effects of multi-strike on the energy absorbtion of both type of composite have showed different pattern of energy absorbtion behavior.

  • 8.
    Al-Ramahi, Nawres
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Numerical stress analysis in hybrid adhesive joint with non-linear materials2018Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis presents systematic numerical study of stresses in the adhesive of a single-lap joint subjected to various loading scenarios (mechanical and thermal loading). The main objective of this work is to improve understanding of the main material and geometrical parameters determining performance of adhesive joint for the future analysis of failure initiation and development in these structures.

    The first part of the thesis deals with development of a 3D model as well as 2D model, optimized with respect to the computational efficiency by use of novel displacement coupling conditions able to correctly represent monoclinic materials (off-axis layers of composite laminates). The model takes into account the nonlinearity of materials (adherend and adhesive) with geometrical nonlinearity also accounted for. The parameters of geometry of the joint are normalized with respect to the dimensions of adhesive (e.g. thickness) thus making analysis of results more general and applicable to wide range of different joints. Optimal geometry of the single-lap joint is selected based on results of the parametric analysis by using peel and shear stress distributions in the adhesive layer as a criteria and it allows separation of edge and end effects. Three different types of single lap joint with similar and dissimilar (hybrid) materials are considered: a) metal-metal; b) composite-composite; c) composite-metal. In case of composite laminates, four lay-ups are evaluated: uni-directional ([08]T and [908]T) and quasi-isotropic laminates ([0/45/90/-45]S and [90/45/0/-45]S). The influence of the abovementioned parameters is carefully examined by analyzing peel and shear stress distributions in the adhesive layer. Discussion and conclusions with respect to the magnitude of the stress concentration at the ends of the joint overlap as well as overall level of stresses within overlap are presented. Recommendations concerning use of nonlinear material model are given.

    The rest of the work is related to the various methods of manufacturing of joint (curing) and application of thermo-mechanical loading suitable to these scenarios. The appropriate sequences of application of thermal and mechanical loads for the analysis of the residual thermal stresses developed due to manufacturing of joints at elevated temperature required to cure polymer (adhesive/composite) are proposed. It is shown that the most common approach used in many studies of simple superposition of thermal and mechanical stresses works well only for linear materials and produces wrong results if material is non-linear. The model and simulation technique presented in the current thesis rectifies this issue and accurate stress distributions are obtained. Based on the analysis of these stress distributions the following conclusions can be made: joint processing at elevated temperature causes high stresses inside the adhesive layer; the residual thermal stresses will reduce the peel stress concentration at the ends of overlap joint and the shear stress within the overlap, moreover, this effect is more pronounced for the case of the one-step joint manufacturing in comparison with two-step processing technique.

    This study has generated a lot of results for better understand of behavior of adhesive joints and it will help in design of stronger, more durable adhesive single-lap joints in the future.

  • 9.
    Al-Ramahi, Nawres
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. Institute of Technology, Middle Technical University, Baghdad.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Fem analysis of stresses in adhesive single-lap joints with non-linear materials under thermo-mechanical loading2018Inngår i: ECCM18, 2018Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This study presents comprehensive numerical stress analysis in the adhesive layer of a single-lap joint subjected to various loading scenarios (mechanical and thermal loading). For this purpose numerical model (finite element method) with novel displacement coupling conditions able to correctly represent monoclinic materials (off-axis layers of composite laminates) has been developed. This model includes nonlinear material model and geometrical nonlinearity is also accounted for. The effect of thermal residual stresses (in adhesive) is analysed for various methods of manufacturing of single lap joint. The sequences of application of thermal and mechanical loads for the analysis of the thermal residual stresses in joints are proposed. It is shown that the most common approach used in many studies of linear superposition of thermal and mechanical stresses works well only for linear materials and produces wrong results if material is non-linear. The present study demonstrates suitable method to apply combined thermal and mechanical loads to get accurate stress distributions. Based on the analysis of these stress distributions the conclusions concerning the effect of the thermal residual stresses on peel and shear stress concentrations are made. The comparison between effect of thermal stresses in case of the one-step and two-step joint manufacturing techniques is made.

  • 10.
    Al-Ramahi, Nawres
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. Institute of Technology / Baghdad, Middle Technical University, Baghdad, Iraq.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap. Swerea SICOMP AB, Piteå, Sweden.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Investigation of end and edge effects on results of numerical simulation of single lap adhesive joint with non-linear materials2018Inngår i: International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, ISSN 0143-7496, E-ISSN 1879-0127, Vol. 87, s. 191-204Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents systematic numerical study of stresses in the adhesive of a single-lap joint with the objective to improve understanding of the main material and geometrical parameters determining performance of adhesive joints. For this purpose a 3D model as well as 2D model, optimized with respect to the computational efficiency by use of novel displacement coupling conditions able to correctly represent monoclinic materials (off-axis layers of composite laminates), are employed. The model accounts for non-linearity of materials (adherend and adhesive) as well as geometrical non-linearity. The parameters of geometry of the joint are normalized with respect to the dimensions of adhesive (e.g. thickness) thus making analysis of results more general and applicable to wide range of different joints. Optimal geometry of the single-lap joint allowing to separate edge effect from end effects is selected based on results of the parametric analysis by using peel and shear stress distributions in the adhesive layer as a criterion. Three different types of single lap joint with similar and dissimilar (hybrid) materials are considered in this study: a) metal-metal; b) composite-composite; c) composite-metal. In case of composite laminates, four lay-ups are evaluated: uni-directional ([08]T and [908]T) and quasi-isotropic laminates ([0/45/90/-45]S and [90/45/0/-45]S). The influence of the abovementioned parameters on peel and shear stress distributions in the adhesive layer is examined carefully and mechanical parameters governing the stress concentrations in the joint have been identified, this dependence can be described by simple but accurate fitting function. The effect of the used material model (linear vs non-linear) on results is also demonstrated.

  • 11.
    Al-Ramahi, Nawres
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Model for numerical simulation and parametric analysis of composite adhesive joints under thermo-mechanical loading2017Inngår i: ICCS20: Proceedings : 20th International Conference on Composite Structures / [ed] Antonio J.M. Ferreira, W. Larbi, J.F. Deu, F. Tornabene, N. Fantuzzi, Paris: Società Editrice Esculapio, 2017 , 2017, , s. 662s. 234-Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract: The current investigation focuses on development and verification of a modelfor numerical simulation of performance of adhesive joints under tensile loading. Differentcombination of materials in joints is considered: metal-metal, composite-composite andcomposite-metal. The objective of this paper is to present simulation results of joints usingan accurate finite element model including non-linear behaviour and large deformation.Moreover, several loading scenarios are analysed, including simultaneous application oftemperature and mechanical load. Not only the effect of temperature on mechanicalperformance of materials (adhesive as well as adherents) is analysed but also built up ofresidual thermal stresses during the manufacturing of joints are taken into account. Thisapproach is demonstrated by simulation of tensile tests of joints at several temperatures.Two scenarios of application of temperature and mechanical load using large deformationtheory are considered: 1) the thermal and mechanical loads are applied simultaneously (theproperties of the materials are adjusted accordingly to their performance at differenttemperatures); 2) temperature is applied on specimen which is not macroscopicallyconstrained and the obtained stress distribution is used as initial state for the nextsimulation of mechanical loaded joint. The influence of edge effects (due to limited widthof the joint) on the stress distribution within the joint are studied. In order to eliminatethese effects the periodic boundary conditions (BC) are used in the numerical model.These BC are adjusted to optimize numerical model and obtain efficient calculation routinefor analysis of stresses within interior part of the structure. The validity of these BCs isevaluated and verified by analysing number of case studies. The comparison between full3D FEM model and simplified 2D model is carried out. The resulting stress distributions inthe overlap region of joints are presented for different joints (the parameters are: materialcombinations, material models, geometry of adhesive layer, constraints and BCs) withcomprehensive analysis and recommendations for optimal numerical model that can beused in joint design.

  • 12.
    Al-Ramahi, Nawres
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Joffe, RobertsLuleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.Varna, JanisLuleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Numerical stress analysis in adhesive joints under thermo-mechanical load using model with special boundary conditions2019Konferanseproceedings (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A numerical study of the adhesive joint made of similar and dissimilar adherends subjected to thermo-mechanical loading is presented. A comprehensive numerical model was used for this purpose with the novel displacement coupling conditions which are able to correctly represent monoclinic materials (off-axis layers of composite laminates). The geometrical nonlinearity as well as nonlinear material model are also taken into account. Three different types of single-lap and double-lap adhesive joints are considered in this study: a) metal-metal; b) composite-composite; c) composite-metal. In case of composite laminates, four lay-ups are evaluated: uni-directional ([08]T and [908]T) and quasi-isotropic laminates ([0/45/90/-45]S and [90/45/0/-45]S). This paper focuses on the parameters which have the major effect on the peel and shear stress distribution within adhesive layer at the overlap ends. The comparison of behaviour of single- and double- lap joints in relation to these parameters is made. The master curves for maximum stress (peel and shear) at the ends of the overlap with respect to the bending stiffness and axial modulus of the adherends are constructed by analysing stress distributions in the middle of the adhesive. The main conclusions of this paper are: the maximum peel stress value for SLJ is reduced with increase of the adherend bending stiffness and for DLJ, similar behaviour was observed at the end next to the inner plate corner, while, at the end next to the outer plate corner peel stress is reduced with increase of adherend axial modulus.

  • 13.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Estimation of the tensile strength of an oriented flax fiber-reinforced polymer composite2011Inngår i: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 42, nr 9, s. 1229-1235Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Unidirectional orientation of natural fibers in a polymer composite ensures the highest efficiency of reinforcement. Flax fiber reinforcement is discontinuous due to limited fiber length and heterogeneous due to the presence of elementary fibers and their bundles. In order to assess the upper limit of tensile strength of such slightly misoriented, nominally UD natural fiber composite, a statistical strength model of continuous UD fiber reinforced composites is applied. It is found that the experimental strength of UD flax composites, produced from rovings or manually aligned fibers, approaches the theoretical limit only at relatively low fiber volume fraction ca. 0.2, being markedly below it at higher fiber content.

  • 14.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Hojo, M.
    Ochiai, S.
    Kyoto University.
    Fibre fragment distribution in a single-fibre composite tension test2001Inngår i: Composites Part B: Engineering, ISSN 1359-8368, E-ISSN 1879-1069, Vol. 32, nr 4, s. 323-332Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Single fibre fragmentation tests are performed for brittle fibres with Weibull strength distribution and different surface treatments. The fragmentation process is modelled and closed-form expressions for break spacing distribution are obtained. The model accounts for the effect of finite fibre length on the initial fragmentation as well as for break interaction on the advanced fragmentation stage. It is assumed that the exclusion zone due to fibre-matrix interface failure and stress recovery in the fibre is linearly dependent on the applied load. This assumption is validated experimentally. The derived theoretical average fragment length dependence on applied load is used to determine the fibre strength distribution parameters and the effective interfacial shear stress for carbon/epoxy single fibre composites with different fibre surface treatment and for glass/vinylester single fibre composite. Fragment length distribution is predicted for several load levels. Predictions are in good agreement with experimental data

  • 15.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Hojo, M.
    Mesoscopic Materials Research Center, Kyoto University.
    Ochiai, S.
    Mesoscopic Materials Research Center, Kyoto University.
    Glass fibre strength distribution determined by common experimental methods2002Inngår i: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 62, nr 1, s. 131-145Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The tensile strength of brittle fibres is routinely described by the Weibull distribution. The parameters of the distribution can be obtained from tests on single fibres and fibre bundles or from model composite tests. However, there is growing evidence that the distribution parameters obtained by different experimental techniques differ systematically. In order to investigate the possible causes of such discrepancies, single-fibre tension, fibre bundle, and single-fibre fragmentation tests are employed in this study to obtain strength distribution of commercial E-glass fibres. The results reveal parameter dependence on the approach used to extract the distribution parameters from experimental data. Particularly, in the case of single-fibre tension tests, the shape parameter obtained from average fibre strength vs. length data is larger than that obtained at a fixed gauge length. It is assumed that the apparent fibre strength scatter is caused by both the inherent flaw structure along a fibre and by the fibre-to-fibre strength variability within a batch, due to slightly differing processing and handling history of the fibres. Fibre fragmentation test results are used to derive the Weibull distribution parameters applicable to the fibre batch. The strength distribution obtained is compared with strength data for the single fibres, and reasonably good agreement is observed.

  • 16.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Sandmark, R.
    Materials division, SINTEF SI.
    Constrained fragmentation of composites under uniaxial loading1995Inngår i: Mechanics of composite materials, ISSN 0191-5665, E-ISSN 1573-8922, Vol. 31, nr 1, s. 26-33Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 17.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Weichert, D.
    Institute of General Mechanics, RWTH-Aachen University.
    Modeling the effect of reinforcement discontinuity on the tensile strength of UD flax fiber composites2011Inngår i: Journal of Materials Science, ISSN 0022-2461, E-ISSN 1573-4803, Vol. 46, nr 15, s. 5104-5110Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    To exploit the potential of natural fibers as reinforcement of polymer matrix composites, aligned bast fiber composite materials are being produced and studied. Bast fiber reinforcement is discontinuous due to the limited length of natural fibers, which needs to be reflected in predictive models of mechanical properties of composites. The strength in tension in the fiber direction of an aligned flax fiber-reinforced composite is modeled assuming that a cluster of adjacent fiber discontinuities is the origin of fracture. A probabilistic model of tensile strength, developed for UD composites containing a microdefect, is applied. It follows from the theoretical analysis that the experimental tensile strength as a function the fiber volume fraction can be described with acceptable accuracy assuming the presence of a cluster of ca. 4 × 4 elementary fiber discontinuities

  • 18.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Leterrier, Y.
    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Statistical model of coating fragmentation under equibiaxial load1998Inngår i: Materials and Manufacturing Processes, ISSN 1042-6914, E-ISSN 1532-2475, Vol. 13, nr 4, s. 597-602Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A statistical model of coating cracking under equibiaxial tension is proposed based on a Weibull strength distribution for the coating. Crack length and spacing distributions are derived assuming that cracks initiate in random locations and propagate straight till stopping upon encountering a geometiical obstacle (another crack). The theoretical distributions are verified by comparing with simulated cracking patterns obtained by the Monte-Carlo method. An analysis of crack patterns of SiO2 coatings on a PET film under biaxial tension is performed. Qualitative agreement with the theoretical crack spacing distribution is observed.

  • 19.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    University of Latvia.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Prediction of crack onset strain in composite laminates at mixed mode cracking2009Inngår i: 5th International EEIGM/AMASE/FORGEMAT Conference on Advanced Materials Research, Bristol: IOP Publishing Ltd , 2009, Vol. 5Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Failure process of continuous fiber reinforced composite laminates in tension usually starts with appearance of intralaminar cracks. In composite laminates with complex lay-ups and/or under combined loading, intralaminar cracks may develop in plies with different reinforcement directions. A necessary part of mixed mode cracking models is the criterion of failure. For propagation-controlled fracture it is usually formulated in terms of energy release rates and their critical values of the particular composite material. Intralaminar fracture toughness of unidirectionally reinforced glass/epoxy composite was experimentally determined at several mode I and mode II ratios. It is found that the crack propagation criterion, linear in terms of the energy release rates, reasonably well approximates the test results. The determined mixed mode cracking criterion was applied to predict intralaminar crack onset in cross-ply glass/epoxy composite under tensile loading. The predicted crack onset strain values agree with test results at small off-axes angles of the cracking ply (on-axis and 15° off-axis loading), but underestimate crack onset at larger reinforcement angles with respect to the loading direction. The discrepancy is likely to be caused by the deviation of linearity in laminate response before cracking onset in these laminates, related to non-linear shear characteristics of unidirectional plies. The applicability of strength-based fracture criterion for initiation-controlled cracking is discussed.

  • 20.
    Andersons, J.
    et al.
    University of Latvia, Riga.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Stiffness and strength of flax fiber/polymer matrix composites2006Inngår i: Polymer Composites, ISSN 0272-8397, E-ISSN 1548-0569, Vol. 27, nr 2, s. 221-229Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Flax fiber composites with thermoset and thermoplastic polymer matrices have been manufactured and tested for stiffness and strength under uniaxial tension. Flax/polypropylene and flax/maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene composites are produced from compound obtained by coextrusion of granulated polypropylene and flax fibers, while flax fiber mat/vinylester and modified acrylic resin composites are manufactured by resin transfer molding. The applicability of rule-of-mixtures and orientational averaging based models, developed for short fiber composites, to flax reinforced polymers is considered.

  • 21.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Initiation and propagation controlled intralaminar cracking in cross-ply laminates: Chapter 102009Inngår i: Encyclopedia of Polymer Composites: Properties, Performance and Applications, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009Kapittel i bok, del av antologi (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 22.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Mechanical damage characteristics of elementary hemp fibers and scale effect of fiber strength2012Inngår i: High Performance Structure and Materials VI: papers presented at the 6th International Conference on High Performance Structures and Materials held at the Wessex Institute of Technology in the New Forest, UK] / [ed] W.P. De Wilde; C.A. Brebbia; S. Hernandez, Southampton: WIT Press, 2012, s. 157-167Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Ecological and economical considerations foster replacement of man-made fibers by natural renewable fibers in various industrial applications. Bast fibers of such plants as, e.g., flax, hemp, jute etc., are particularly attractive as a reinforcement of polymer-matrix composites due to their high specific stiffness and strength in the axial direction. The elementary bast fibers exhibit pronounced scatter of strength. It necessitates probabilistic description of their strength via a distribution function that reflects damage morphology and severity in fibers. Fiber fracture is shown to originate from mechanical defects of the bast cell wall, the most prominent of them being kink bands. While the number of kink bands in a fiber is easily determined by optical microscopy, direct experimental measurement of their strength is complicated. Therefore, alternative approaches are sought, enabling extraction of strength characteristics of the kink bands from fiber tests via appropriate probabilistic models. Analytical distribution function of bast fiber strength has been derived, allowing for the effect of mechanical damage in the form of kink bands. The fiber characteristics measured have been used to evaluate the kink band density and strength distributions. The theoretical distribution is verified against experimental tensile strength data of elementary hemp fibers at several gauge lengths and found to provide acceptable accuracy in predicting the scale effect of strength.

  • 23. Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Evaluation of interfacial shear strength by tensile tests of impregnated flax fiber yarns2012Inngår i: Journal of composite materials, ISSN 0021-9983, E-ISSN 1530-793X, Vol. 46, nr 3, s. 351-357Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Adhesion of flax fibers and polymer matrix as well as mutual bonding of elementary fibers in a technical fiber are among the principal factors governing the mechanical response of flax fiber reinforced polymer-matrix composites. A method for evaluation of adhesion is proposed based on tension tests of impregnated fiber yarns, with subsequent characterization by optical microscopy of length distribution of fibers pulled out of the yarn fracture surfaces. An elementary probabilistic model is derived relating aspect ratio distribution of the pulled out fibers to the fiber tensile strength distribution and the effective interfacial shear strength. The method was applied to flax fiber/vinylester resin yarns and an estimate of interfacial shear strength at 17 MPa was obtained.

  • 24.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Statistical model of the transverse ply cracking in cross-ply laminates by strength and fracture toughness based failure criteria2008Inngår i: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, ISSN 0013-7944, E-ISSN 1873-7315, Vol. 75, nr 9, s. 2651-2665Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Cross-ply laminate subjected to tensile loading provides a relatively well understood and widely used model system for studying progressive cracking of the transverse ply. This test allows to identify material strength and/or toughness characteristics as well as to establish relation between damage level and the composite stiffness reduction. The transverse ply cracking is an inherently stochastic process due to the random variability of local material properties of the plies. The variability affects both crack initiation (governed by the local strength) and propagation (governed by the local fracture toughness). The primary aim of the present study is elucidation of the relative importance of these phenomena in the fragmentation process at different transverse and longitudinal ply thickness ratios. The effect of the random crack distribution on the mechanical properties reduction of the laminate is also considered. Transverse ply cracking in glass fiber/epoxy cross-ply laminates of the lay-ups [02/902]s, [0/902]s, and [0/904]s is studied. Several specimens of each lay-up were subjected to uniaxial quasistatic tension to obtain crack density as a function of applied strain. Crack spacing distributions at the edge of the specimen also were determined at a predefined applied strain. Statistical model of the cracking process is derived, calibrated using crack density vs. strain data, and verified against the measured crack spacing distributions.

  • 25.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Rubenis, Oskars
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Progressive cracking mastercurves of the transverse ply in a laminate2009Inngår i: Polymer Composites, ISSN 0272-8397, E-ISSN 1548-0569, Vol. 30, nr 8, s. 1175-1182Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, progressive cracking of a transverse layer in a cross-ply composite laminate subjected to tensile loading is considered. Using the results of a probabilistic cracking model, approximate relations for crack density as a function of stress are derived for initiation-controlled and propagation-controlled cracking. It is shown that the crack density evolution in the transverse ply can be represented by a mastercurve in suitably normalized coordinates. The mastercurve approach is applied to progressive cracking in glass/epoxy laminates

  • 26.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Modniks, Janis
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    An Improved Method For Identification Of The Interfacial Shear Strength By Tensile Tests Of Short-Fiber Composites2015Inngår i: Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Composites Testing and Model Identification / [ed] C. González; C. López; J. LLorca, Madrid, Spain: IMDEA, Madrid (SPAIN) , 2015Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 27.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Modniks, Janis
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Madsen, Bo
    Technical University of Denmark, Risø Campus, Materials Research Division, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark.
    Nättinen, Kalle
    Bemis Flexible Packaging Europe, Bemis Valkeakoski Oy.
    Apparent interfacial shear strength of short-flax-fiber/starch acetate composites2016Inngår i: International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, ISSN 0143-7496, E-ISSN 1879-0127, Vol. 64, s. 78-85Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper deals with an indirect industry-friendly method for identification of the interfacial shear strength (IFSS) in a fully bio-based composite. The IFSS of flax fiber/starch acetate is evaluated by a modified Bowyer and Bader method based on an analysis of the stress-strain curve of a short-fiber-reinforced composite in tension. A shear lag model is developed for the tensile stress-strain response of short-fiber-reinforced composites allowing for an elasticperfectly plastic stress transfer. Composites with different fiber volume fractions and a variable content of plasticizer have been analyzed. The apparent IFSS of flax /starch acetate is within the range of 5.5 to 20.5 MPa, depending on composition of the material. The IFSS is found to be greater for composites with a higher fiber loading and to decrease with increasing content of plasticizer. The IFSS is equal or greater than the yield strength of the neat polymer, suggesting good adhesion, as expected for the chemically compatible constituents.

  • 28.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    The onset of mixed mode intralaminar cracking in a cross-ply composite laminate2008Inngår i: Mechanics of composite materials, ISSN 0191-5665, E-ISSN 1573-8922, Vol. 44, nr 6, s. 549-556Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The intralaminar fracture toughness of a unidirectionally reinforced glass/epoxy composite is determined experimentally at several mode I and mode II loading ratios. The crack propagation criterion, expressed as a quadratic form in terms of single-mode stress intensity factors (alternatively, linear in terms of energy release rates), approximates the test results reasonably well. The mixed-mode cracking criterion obtained is used to predict the intralaminar crack on set in a cross-ply glass/epoxy composite under off-axis tensile loading.

  • 29.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Uniformity of filament strength within a flax fiber batch2009Inngår i: Journal of Materials Science, ISSN 0022-2461, E-ISSN 1573-4803, Vol. 44, nr 2, s. 685-687Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 30.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Wallström, Lennart
    Strength distribution of elementary flax fibres2005Inngår i: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 65, nr 3-4, s. 693-702Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Flax fibres, along with a number of other natural fibres, are being considered as an environmentally friendly alternative of synthetic fibres in fibre-reinforced polymer composites. A common feature of natural fibres is a much higher variability of mechanical properties. This necessitates study of the flax fibre strength distribution and efficient experimental methods for its determination. Elementary flax fibres of different gauge lengths are tested by single fibre tension in order to obtain the stress-strain response and strength and failure strain distributions. The applicability of single fibre fragmentation test for flax fibre failure strain and strength characterization is considered. It is shown that fibre fragmentation test can be used to determine the fibre length effect on mean fibre strength and limit strain.

  • 31.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Nyström, Birgitha
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Scale effect of the tensile strength of flax-fabric-reinforced polymer composites2011Inngår i: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 30, nr 23, s. 1969-1974Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of UD natural fiber composites, considered for application as structural materials, necessitates evaluation of the scale effect of their strength. Alignment of the fibers in flax bast fiber composites can be achieved by employing textile reinforcement, such as yarns and fabrics. Cutting specimens for mechanical tests out of such textile-reinforced composite plates results in a complex non-uniform reinforcement structure at their edges, which may affect the strength of specimens. Scale effect of the tensile strength in the fiber direction of flax fabric reinforced composites is studied in the current work. A model accounting for both volume and edge effect of the specimens on their tensile strength is proposed.

  • 32.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Porike, Evija
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Strength distribution of elementary flax fibres due to mechanical defects2008Inngår i: 11th International Inorganic-Bonded Fiber Composites Conference (IIBCC): Madrid, Nov. 4 - 7, 2008. Proceedings / [ed] Blanco Suárez; Maria Ángeles, Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid , 2008Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 33.
    Andersons, Janis
    et al.
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Sparnins, Edgars
    Rubenis, Ojars
    Institute of Polymer Mechanics, University of Latvia.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Estimation of laminate stiffness reduction due to cracking of a transverse ply by employing crack initiation- and propagation-based master curves2008Inngår i: Mechanics of composite materials, ISSN 0191-5665, E-ISSN 1573-8922, Vol. 44, nr 5, s. 441-450Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The applicability range of toughness-and strength-based criteria for progressive cracking of a transverse layer in a cross-ply composite laminate subjected to tensile loading is considered. Using a deterministic cracking model, approximate relations for the crack density as a function of stress are derived for initiation-and propagation-controlled types of cracking. The master-curve approach is applied to progressive cracking in glass/epoxy laminates. The accuracy of estimation of laminate stiffness reduction by using crack density master curves is evaluated.

  • 34.
    Andersson, Börje
    et al.
    Aeronautical Research Institute of Sweden.
    Sjögren, Anders
    Aeronautical Research Institute of Sweden.
    Berglund, Lars
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Micro- and meso-level residual stresses in glass-fiber/vinyl-ester composites2000Inngår i: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 60, nr 10, s. 2011-2028Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Residual stresses in glass-fiber composites were studied on the micro and meso scales by computational and experimental methods. Transmitted polarized light images of thin sections were compared with 3D finite-element solutions of a sample containing 1410 fibers. Calculated point-wise stresses were derived from a linear thermoelastic model with negligibly small numerical errors. Regions with calculated maximum compressive stresses showed good agreement with experimentally observed optical bands. A material with poor interfacial adhesion showed weaker optical effects indicating fiber/matrix debonding. On the basis of these results it seems likely that irreversible matrix deformation and debonding can take place in the curing phase.

  • 35.
    André, Alann
    et al.
    Swerea SICOMP AB, Mölndal.
    Kliger, Robert
    Division of Structural Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Compression failure mechanism in small scale timber specimens2014Inngår i: Construction and Building Materials, ISSN 0950-0618, E-ISSN 1879-0526, Vol. 50, s. 130-139Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Understanding the failure mechanism of wood loaded in compression parallel to the grain has been shown to be an important parameter in the design of timber beams strengthened with fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP). In this paper, a constitutive relationship for wood under uniaxial compression load parallel to the grain was determined experimentally. Several parameters, such as silviculture, moisture content and radial position in the log in relation to the pith from where the specimen was sawn, were considered. Small clear-wood specimens were used. The strain localisation in the failure region (kinkband) was monitored using the digital image correlation method. The results show that silviculture and moisture content are two very important parameters which influence the compression failure mechanism. Furthermore, there is a significant difference in behaviour between specimens from the juvenile region of the log and specimens from mature wood. Based on experimental results, two numerical models were built, considering either a global or a local constitutive relationship. It was demonstrated that both numerical models yield accurate results and that, depending on the experimental equipment available, a constitutive relationship could be extracted and used as input in these numerical models.

  • 36.
    André, Alann
    et al.
    Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Nilsson, Sören
    Swerea SICOMP AB.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Finite element delamination study of a notched composite plate under flexural loads2009Inngår i: ICCM 17, Edinburgh: 17th International Conference on Composite Materials ; 27 Jul 2009 - 31 Jul 2009, Edinburgh International Convention Centre, Edinburgh, UK, London: IOM Communications , 2009Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The delamination process in notched composite plates under flexural loading has been investigated using finite element analysis. Cohesive elements implemented in the commercial finite element package ABAQUS have been used in the region around the drilled-hole, and positioned between layers where delamination was observed during experiments presented in an accompanying paper. The delamination initiation and subsequent propagation was studied between the layers at the tension side separately and simultaneously. For all FE models, the load displacement curve was in good agreement with the one from experiments. However, the amount of damage reported from the fractography study was more extensive than that predicted by the models. Finally, it was shown that the models with only one cohesive layer show significantly different results to that of the model with four cohesive layers in terms of size of the degradation area.

  • 37.
    Ansari, Farhan
    et al.
    Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
    Granda, Luis A.
    Laboratory of Paper Engineering and Polymer Materials (LEPAMAP) Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Girona.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
    Vilaseca, Fabiola
    Department of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
    Experimental evaluation of anisotropy in injection molded polypropylene/wood fiber biocomposites2017Inngår i: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 96, s. 147-154Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Although the anisotropy of wood fibers is reasonably well established, the anisotropy of injection molded wood fiber composites is not well understood. This work focuses on chemo-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites. A kinetic mixer (Gelimat) is used for compounding CTMP/PP composites, followed by injection molding. Effects from processing induced orientation on mechanical properties are investigated. For this purpose, a film gate mold was designed to inject composites in the shape of plates so that specimens in different directions to the flow could be evaluated in tensile tests. Observations from tensile tests were complemented by performing flexural tests (in different directions) on discs cut from the injected plates. SEM was used to qualitatively observe the fiber orientation in the composites. At high fiber content, both modulus and tensile strength could differ by as much as 40% along the flow and transverse to the flow. The fiber orientation was strongly increased at the highest fiber content, as concluded from theoretical analysis.

  • 38. Arab, A.
    et al.
    Stommel, M.
    Wallström, Lennart
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Rack, A.
    Investigation of fibre degradation in natural fibre reinforced biocomposites2013Inngår i: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Materials, Polymers and Composites: Ecocomp 2013, 2013, s. 174-185Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 39. Arab, A.
    et al.
    Stommel, M.
    Wallström, Lennart
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Stiffness prediction in green composites using homogenization techniques2013Inngår i: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Composite Materials: ICCM 2013, Montreal (Canada), 2013, s. 1214-1222Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 40.
    Arab, Asghar
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Stommel, L.
    Saarland University.
    Wallström, Lennart
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Fibre Orientation Investigation in Short Natural Fibre Reinforced Composites Using Synchrotron Imaging2013Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 41.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Finite element delamination study of a notched composite plate under flexural loads2010Inngår i: Journal of Materials Science and Engineering. A, ISSN 1934-8959, Vol. 4, nr 8, s. 66-73Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 42.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Fracture and yield predictions for epoxies in composite-like stress state1994Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 43. Asp, Leif
    Multifunctional composite materials for energy storage in structural load paths2013Inngår i: Plastics, rubber and composites, ISSN 1465-8011, E-ISSN 1743-2898, Vol. 42, nr 4, s. 144-149Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an overview of the research performed to date by a Swedish interdisciplinaryteam of scientists striving to develop multifunctional composite materials for storage of electric energy in mechanical load paths. To realise structural batteries from polymer composites, research pursued on carbon fibres for use as negative electrode in the battery as well as on polymer electrolytes for use as polymer matrix in the composite is reported. The work on carbon fibres comprises characterisation of the electrochemical capacity of commercial carbon fibre grades and how this is affected by mechanical load. Co-polymers are studied for their multifunctional performance with respect to lithium ion conductivity and stiffness. Also, rational processing of these polymer electrolytes and the effect of processing on their properties are addressed

  • 44.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Structural battery materials2012Inngår i: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Composite Materials / [ed] Marino Quaresimin; Laszlo Kollar; Leif Asp, Venice, 2012Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Since four years Swerea SICOMP has been leading a team of Swedish researchers developing structural battery materials from polymer composites. The research performed in the Swedish project KOMBATT (Lightweight structural energy storage materials) is funded by the Swedish foundation for strategic research (SSF). The research addresses two technical challenges in particular. Firstly, solid polymer electrolytes that efficiently transfer loads in the composite and simultaneously transports lithium ions, while being electrically insulating, must be developed. Secondly, the ability of the reinforcement, i.e. The carbon fibres, to intercalate lithium ions as part of the chemical redox reactions, while maintaining its mechanical properties must be assured. This paper is the first in a series of papers at this conference from the KOMBATT project team and presents background and overview of the project.

  • 45.
    Asp, Leif
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Transverse failure initiation in polymer composites1995Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Transverse failure is one of the most important failure modes in polymer composites. The phenomenon often causes the first deviations from nonlinear laminate behavior. Also, in pressure vessels and pipes, fluid leakage through a path of transverse cracks is often the limiting design criterion. In the present work, experimental and theoretical studies focused on the micromechanical level have been carried out. The objective was to investigate transverse failure initiation in the matrix. The other major mechanism of failure initiation, fiber/matrix debonding, was not considered. The triaxial nature of the matrix stress state in glass fiber/epoxy was confirmed by finite element analysis. Experimental results for glassy epoxies subjected to composite-like stress states demonstrated large reductions in strain to failure as compared with uniaxial loading. The triaxial stress state is therefore by itself a sufficient explanation for the low transverse strain to failure in polymer composites. Plastic yielding in the matrix was demonstrated not to be the cause of failure initiation. Instead cavity induced cracking was suggested as a failure mechanism. A criterion was proposed based on a critical value for the dilatational energy density. Comparison with experimental results for epoxies subjected to a variety of multiaxial load-cases supported the criterion. Additional support was obtained from comparison with experimental results in the literature for transverse failure of glass fiber/epoxy at different fiber contents. Although the epoxy matrix was different from those in the present study, general trends in data were supported by predictions based on the criterion and finite element analysis. Thermal residual stresses were found to be important for high fiber contents. Based on the criterion, a conservative estimate of composite strain to failure was obtained. This is reasonable since the criterion predicts initiation, not final failure. Based on the model, effects from changes in constituent properties were examined in a parametric finite element analysis. Fiber modulus was found to strongly influence transverse failure. Introduction of a third phase interphase between fiber and matrix was also investigated. Beneficial results on transverse failure strain caused by matrix initiation was observed for thin rubbery interphases.

  • 46.
    Asp, Leif
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    A biaxial thermomechanical disk test for glassy polymers1997Inngår i: Experimental mechanics, ISSN 0014-4851, E-ISSN 1741-2765, Vol. 37, nr 1, s. 96-101Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Failure criteria for polymers need to include effects from the stress state. For this reason, biaxial test results are of interest. However, biaxial test methods usually require expensive equipment. In the test method presented here, a disk of epoxy is bonded between a steel ring and a steel disk. The temperature is then lowered until fracture is observed. Experiments were performed on three different glassy epoxy polymers. The biaxial stress state was analyzed by finite element analysis and by an approximate analytical model. Experimental observations support the ability of the method to provide material property data. An approximate analytical model was found sufficiently accurate for stress analysis and determination of the stress state at failure

  • 47.
    Asp, Leif
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Gudmundsson, Peter
    Department of Solid Mechanics, Royal Institute of Technology.
    Effects of a composite-like stress state on the fracture of epoxies1995Inngår i: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 53, nr 1, s. 27-37Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The strain to failure of a transversely loaded composite is much lower than for the pure matrix in uniaxial tension. Several studies of composites suggest the triaxial matrix stress state as one of the explanations. In order to investigate this experimentally, a triaxial tensile test previously used for rubbers (the poker-chip test) was successfully applied to four epoxies in the glassy state. The chosen specimen geometry mimicked the most severe stress state in the matrix as determined by finite element analysis of a transversely loaded glass-fiber/epoxy composite. The poker-chip strains to failure in the primary loading direction were 0.5-0.8%, whereas uniaxial strains to failure were 1.8-7%. The triaxial stress state in composite matrices may therefore by itself be a sufficient explanation for low values of transverse composite strains to failure

  • 48.
    Asp, Leif
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Talreja, Ramesh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik.
    Criterion for crack initiation in glassy polymers subjected to a composite-like stress state1996Inngår i: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 11, s. 1291-1301Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Three epoxy systems of interest as composite matrix materials are examined for their yielding and failure behavior under uniaxial, biaxial and triaxial stress states. Yield criteria applicable to glassy polymers, i.e. accounting for the hydrostatic stress effect on the deviatoric stress to yielding, are assessed. It is found that under stress states resembling those in matrix constrained between fibers, e.g. equibiaxial and equitriaxial tension, yielding is suppressed while brittle failure, presumably caused by crack growth from cavitation, occurs. A criterion for this mode of failure is proposed as the critical dilatational strain energy density. Experimental data are found to support this criterion.

  • 49.
    Asp, Leif
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Talreja, Ramesh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik.
    Effects of fiber and interphase on matrix-initiated transverse failure in polymer composites1996Inngår i: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 45, nr 6, s. 657-665Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Failure initiation in polymer-matrix composites loaded transverse to the fibers is investigated by a numerical parametric study where the effects of constituent properties, interphase properties and thickness are examined. Failure initiation in the matrix only is studied, interfacial debonding not being considered. Two modes of failure - yielding and cavitation-induced brittle failure - are examined. A criterion for the cavitation-induced brittle failure has been proposed previously and failure prediction based on this criterion was found to agree with experimental data for a glass-fiber-reinforced epoxy. The present study shows that the elastic modulus of fibers has a large effect on the stress and strain to failure initiation. A rubbery interphase material is found in most cases to have a beneficial effect. The site at which failure initiates and the governing mode of failure initiation are also affected by the fiber modulus and the interphase properties

  • 50.
    Asp, Leif
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Talreja, Ramesh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik.
    Prediction of matrix-initiated transverse failure in polymer composites1996Inngår i: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 56, nr 9, s. 1089-1097Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A study has been conducted of failure in unidirectionally-reinforced fiber composites loaded in tension normal to the fibers. The case considered is when this failure is governed by failure of the matrix rather than fiber/matrix debonding. Both yielding and cavitation-induced brittle failure of the matrix are considered. The latter mode of failure was suggested previously as the likely mode to occur in epoxies under stress states that are purely or nearly hydrostatic tension. Three fiber packing arrangements (square, hexagonal and square-diagonal) with different fiber volume fractions were studied numerically by a finite element method to determine the local stress states. It is found that cavitation-induced brittle failure occurs much before yielding in all cases. Experimental data taken from the literature support this finding.

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