Effects of Synergistic Irradiation and Stress on FRP at Cryogenic Temperatures
Creep and relaxation tests of epoxy-based FRP in bending under irradiation condition have been carried out to investigate the synergistic effects of radiation and stress on the mechanical properties of FRP. Simultaneous supply of stress and irradiation on FRP enhanced creep rates and relaxation in comparison with supply of the stress after irradiating. A visco-elastic test and a solvent-swelling test were also carried out to study the molecular changes of the irradiated FRP. Increase of molecular weight between crosslinks was found to be enhanced by the synergistic application of radiation and stress. The mechanism of increased damage of FRP induced by the effects of simultaneous stress and irradiation is discussed.
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