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Kf evaluation in GFRP composites by thermography

TitleKf evaluation in GFRP composites by thermography
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsDe Giorgi, M., Nobile R., and Palano F.
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)

Since the presence of a notch in a mechanical component causes a reduction in the fatigue strength, it is important to know the kf value for a given notch geometry and material. This parameter is fundamental in the fatigue design of aeronautical components that are mainly made of composites. kf is available in the literature for numerous types of notch but only for traditional materials such as metals. This paper presents a new practice, based on thermographic data, for the determination of the fatigue notch coefficient kf in composite notched specimens. The innovative aspect of this study is therefore to propose the application on composite materials of a new thermographic procedure to determine kf for several notch geometries: circular, U and V soft and severe notches. It was calculated, for each type of notch, as the ratio between the fatigue limits obtained on the cold and hot zone corresponding to the smooth and notched specimen, respectively. Consequently, this research activity provides, for the first time, a little database of kf for two particular typologies of composite materials showing a fast way to collect further values for different laminates and notch geometries. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


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Citation KeyDeGiorgi2021