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dc.contributor.advisorSchapery, R. A.
dc.creatorConrad, Nicholas
dc.description.abstractOpening, shearing and combined mode fracture tests were conducted with long rectangular strips of plexiglas clamped on the long edges and containing centered and off-centered cracks. The critical stress intensity factors, crack initiation angles, and crack paths were evaluated. Fractured surfaces were then examined as to crack behavior. The maximum energy release rate criterion was extended to problems with a large degree of shearing mode present. This criterion was then used to predict the initial and subsequent crack propagation behavior presented in the experimental work. Crack arrest was examined for this rigid grip configuration. Using in part, information obtained from these studies, a flexible fiber model was investigated to determine the effect of fiber bending on crack behavior. Certain aspects of crack growth and arrest in these idealized fiber models were explored.en
dc.format.extentviii, 104 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectFibrous compositesen
dc.subjectFibrous compositesen
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary Engineeringen
dc.subject.classification1976 Dissertation C754
dc.subject.lcshFibrous compositesen
dc.subject.lcshFibrous compositesen
dc.titleOn microcrack growth and arrest in simulated fibrous compositesen
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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