Endurance of composites materials is a critical and important factor that enables engineers to design structural components more efficiently. In fact, what it matters for many industries is to define the life of their products and, within that life, their safe operational conditions. Endurance of composites materials goes by the definition of failure criteria that can be obtained by cooperation between research groups acting both in a modelling and in an experimental framework. This research work is focussed on the development of an experimental test planning directed at testing composites components. Endurance trials for full reverse loading conditions, such as R-=-1, can be executed by exploiting the first resonant mode of a beam, or a narrow plate. The major obstacles for this type of testing are (a) the fixture of the sample and (b) the amplitude of vibrations required for initiating fatigue behaviours. This paper will present two experimental methods based on (i) pulsed air-jet contactless excitation method and (ii) a novel fixture for electromagnetic shaker type testing. These methods will show how to overcome these obstacles in order to perform endurance trials on Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) components. The experimental results obtained from two sets of components are presented here and an interpretation of the fatigue behaviour of the trialled specimens will be also attempted.
- pulsed air-jet
- resonant testing