Fatigue Life Prediction of Composites and Composite Structures, Second Edition, is a comprehensive review of fatigue damage and fatigue life modeling and prediction methodologies for composites and their use in practice. In this new edition, existing chapters are fully updated, while new chapters are introduced to cover the most recent developments in the field. The use of composites is growing in structural applications in many industries, including aerospace, marine, wind turbine and civil engineering. However, there are uncertainties about their long-term performance, including performance issues relating to cyclic fatigue loading. With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, this book is a standard reference for industry professionals and researchers alike.
- Examines past, present and future trends associated with the fatigue life prediction of composite materials and structures
- Assesses novel computational methods for fatigue life modeling and prediction of composite materials under constant amplitude loading
- Covers a wide range of techniques for predicting fatigue, including their theoretical background and practical applications
1. Introduction to the fatigue life prediction of composite materials and structures: past, present and future prospects
Part I Fatigue life behavior and modeling 2. Phenomenological fatigue analysis and life modelling 3. Residual strength fatigue theories for composite materials 4. Creep/fatigue/relaxation of angle-ply GFRP composite laminates 5. Fatigue behavior of nanoparticle-filled fibrous polymeric composites 6. Fatigue behavior of thermoplastic composites 7. Fatigue behavior of thick composite laminates 8. Fatigue damage and lifetime prediction of fiber-reinforced ceramic-matrix composites 9. Fatigue behavior of 3D printed fiber-reinforced composites 10. Computational Intelligence methods for the fatigue life modeling of composite materials
Part II Fatigue life prediction and monitoring 11. Fatigue life prediction of composite materials under realistic loading conditions (variable amplitude loading) 12. Fatigue life prediction of composite materials under constant amplitude loading 13. Prediction of fatigue crack initiation in UD laminates under different stress ratios 14. A progressive damage mechanics algorithm for life prediction of composite materials under cyclic loadings 15. Stiffness-based approach to fatigue life prediction of composite materials 16. The fatigue damage evolution in the load-carrying composite laminates of wind turbine blades
Part III Applications 17. Probabilistic fatigue life prediction of composite materials 18. Computer tools for the fatigue life prediction of composite materials and structures 19. Fatigue life prediction of wind turbine rotor blades manufactured from composites 20. Acoustic emission monitoring in composites during fatigue loading
Dr Anastasios P. Vassilopoulos is a Senior Scientist (MER) in the Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLab) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He has an international reputation for his work on fatigue life prediction of composite materials under complex, irregular stress states.