The Weibull theory, an attempt to account for the variability of
measured strength in brittle materials, is described in some detail.
An important and useful modification is derived, the normalized survival
probability distribution, given by the equation
where S is the probability that the specimen will survive the fraction...
The compressive behavior of continuous fiber composites is not as well
understood as their tensile behavior because research and industrial applications have until
recently focused on the latter. Furthermore, most theoretical and experimental studies on
the compression of composites have examined the case of unidirectional specimens with
fibers along the...
Understanding the mechanical behavior of composite materials requires extensive knowledge of fracture behavior as a crack approaches an interface between the bulk material and the reinforcement structure. Overall material toughness can be greatly influenced by the propensity of an impinging crack to propagate directly through the substrate or deflect along...