Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 352–360 | Cite as

Experimental strain analysis of the losipescu shear test specimen

  • D. F. Adams
  • E. Q. Lewis


An experimental strain analysis of the losipescu shear test specimen was performed, utilizing a 20-ply AS4/3501-6 carbon/epoxy unidirectional composite. Using three-element strain-gage rosettes, it was shown that the presence of loading-point-induced transverse normal strains in the gage section do not affect the measured shear strain. Thus, the shear modulus determined using the standard notch specimen is not affected. Likewise, modulus determination is not influenced by cracking at the notch tips, since this occurs at strains beyond the range over which modulus is determined. To further evaluate the effect of notch-tip cracking, material was removed adjacent to the standard V-notches where these cracks initiate. The measured shear strength was unaffected by removing this material, although the shear modulus was reduced slightly (by as much as eight percent for the more grossly exaggerated geometries).

Key Words

combined stresses composite materials electrical strain gages strength and stress-strain of material behaviors stress concentration test procedures 


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© Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. Adams
    • 1
  • E. Q. Lewis
    • 1
  1. 1.Composite Materials Research GroupUniversity of WyomingLaramie

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