Aging of a Polymer Core Composite Conductor: Mechanical Properties and Residual Stresses

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B. Residual/internal stress, D. Thermal analysis, A. PMCs, D. Mechanical testing

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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Center for Advanced Materials and Structures, Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Polymer core composite conductor specimens were aged in atmospheric conditions at 140 and 180 °C and then tested under four point bending. When aged up to a year at a temperature of 140 °C no detrimental effect on flexural performance of the composite was observed, as opposed to aging at 180 °C, which had a very negative effect on the properties. A finite element model was developed to characterize the residual stress in the composite on a micro scale using representative volume elements (RVE). The residual stresses developed after aging at 140 °C for a year were minimal. However, at temperatures higher than 160 °C significant increases in the stresses were observed. The effect of chemical aging on the failure process of the rods was not considered but could result in the rapid reduction in the loads at failure for the rods tested at 180 °C for up to a year.

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