The Influence of Embedded Optical Fibers on the Interlamina Fracture Toughness of Composite Materials
Smart Structure Technology involving structurally integrated fiber optic reticulate sensor (SIFORS) systems could make obsolete the catastropic failures that have plagued aircraft, trains, cars......to date, . The introduction of structurally integrated fiber optic damage assessment systems would permit structural integrity of a component to be monitored throughout its life. During manufacture and installation these built-in sensors would check for flaws or mishandling and therefore provide quality control. Internal damage generated by: impacts, manufacturing flaws, excessive loading or fatigue could be detected and assessed and growth of these damage zones also monitored.
KeywordsCrack Length Critical Load Energy Release Rate Double Cantilever Beam Critical Energy Release Rate
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