Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 252–259 | Cite as

Effect of building structure on the distribution of random bending strength of multilaminate reinforced plastics

  • M. R. Gurvich


A probabilistic structural model has been constructed for predicting the bending strength distribution in multilaminate reinforced plastics. The number and random strength/elastic properties of the layers or repeating structural elements are parameters of the structure. The random properties of the repeating structural elements are characterized by the scheme and geometry of the unidirectional layers. Two failure conditions have been analyzed: multistep failure caused by successive failure of separate layers and failure caused by the failure of the weakest component. The effect of the number of layers and the instability of the strength and elastic properties on the basic statistical properties of the bending strength was analyzed numerically for typical structures and for both failure conditions. The quantitative significance of the size effect determined by the thickness of the plastic was investigated. The main theoretical results were checked experimentally for unidirectional reinforced carbon plastic under uniaxial bending. The experimental distribution agrees well with the predicted distribution.


Theoretical Result Elastic Property Typical Structure Failure Condition Building Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Gurvich
    • 1
  1. 1.Riga Technical UniversityUSSR

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