Materials play a fundamental role in defining the vibrational and acoustic characteristics of structures and their importance is even increasing because of the continuing demand for lightweight products. Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CRFP) components are becoming more and more popular because of their excellent mechanical properties but are unfortunately almost unable to dissipate energy. This is one of the reasons why their usage is limited to structural components and does not directly affect acoustic and vibrational response, which are among the factors responsible for harshness and comfort. In vehicles, for example, large panels of CFRP are as noisy as metallic panels so that this kind of lightweight structures is only used when a limited mass is of paramount importance, e.g. in racing cars. The chance of incorporating a damping material in the stacking sequence of CF layers that define a composite seems to be a viable solution to ameliorate the vibrational behaviour of composite materials. This configuration permits to cure the damping layers together with the resins, in order to obtain both free and constrained layer solutions. In this paper, the Oberst beam method has been chosen to determine the elastic modulus and loss factor of such materials, as a function of both frequency and temperature. Three nominally identical samples for each configuration have been tested in a temperature controlled environment, according to the Oberst beam test method. The effects of aging have been simulated by an accelerated standard procedure, with cyclically varying temperature and humidity for a total of 792 h (3 cycles x 264 h). The analysis of experimental data has been performed in the frequency domain by a least square fitting procedure, aimed at outperforming the simple half-power point method. An open source version of the fitting technique has also been implemented and can be obtained from the authors under the CC-by license.
Oberst and aging tests of damped CFRP materials: New Fitting procedure and experimental results / Fasana, Alessandro; Ferraris, Alessandro; Airale, Andrea Giancarlo; Berti Polato, Davide; Carello, Massimiliana. - In: COMPOSITES. PART B, ENGINEERING. - ISSN 1359-8368. - STAMPA. - 148(2018), pp. 104-113.
|Titolo:||Oberst and aging tests of damped CFRP materials: New Fitting procedure and experimental results|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.04.046|
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