Epaarachchi, J. A. (2011) The effect of viscoelasticity on fatigue behaviour of polymer matrix composites. In: Creep and fatigue in polymer matrix composites. Woodhead Publishing Limited , Cambridge, United Kingdom , pp. 492-513. ISBN 978-1-84569-656-6
This chapter details the effect of viscoelasticity on fatigue behaviour of polymeric matrix composites. The viscoelastic effects on composite materials under static and dynamic loading are explained using linear viscoelastic analysis. The details of the governing parameters of the fatigue process, such as stress ratio, temperature and the loading frequency are also presented with fatigue life prediction models. Finally, three fatigue life prediction models that have included fatigue and static-fatigue processes in the predictions will be discussed and compared with some experimental data.
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