Elastic properties of composites with fiber waviness

H. M. Hsiao*, I. M. Daniel

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An investigation was conducted of the effects of fiber waviness on the elastic properties of composite materials theoretically and experimentally. Unidirectional and crossply carbon/epoxy composites with uniform, graded and localized fiber waviness were studied. An analytical constitutive model was developed to determine the elastic properties as a function of fiber waviness. Compression tests were conducted to verify the constitutive relations. Experimental results were in good agreement with predictions based on the constitutive model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-941
Number of pages11
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1996


  • Compression testing of composites
  • Elastic properties of composite
  • Fiber waviness
  • Laminate constitutive relations
  • Thick composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials


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