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Master of Science


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Marina Ruggles-Wrenn, PhD.


The tension-tension fatigue and tension-compression fatigue behaviors of the IM7/BMI 5250-4 composite were investigated. The tension-tension fatigue of the composite with 0/90 and ±45 fiber orientations was studied at 23, 170, and 190°C. The tension-compression fatigue of the composite with 0/90 fiber orientation was examined at 23°C. The tensile and compressive properties of the composite were also evaluated at room and elevated temperatures for both 0/90 and ±45 fiber orientations. Elevated temperature had little effect on the tensile properties of the 0/90 fiber orientation, but strongly influenced the ±45 tensile properties as well as the compressive properties of both fiber orientations. The 0/90 cross-ply exhibited a much stronger tension-tension fatigue performance than the ±45 cross-ply. Elevated temperature had little influence on the tension-tension fatigue response of both fiber orientations. The 0/90 composite exhibited reduced fatigue lives under tension-compression fatigue compared to the tension-tension cycling. The increased influence of the matrix on tension-compression fatigue response is evident.

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