Mechanical characterization of the tensile properties of glass fiber and its reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite under varying strain rates and temperatures

Yunfu Ou, Deju Zhu, Huaian Zhang, Liang Huang, Yiming Yao, Gaosheng Li, Barzin Mobasher

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Unidirectional glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) is tested at four initial strain rates (25, 50, 100 and 200 s-1) and six temperatures ( 25, 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100°C) on a servo-hydraulic high-rate testing system to investigate any possible effects on their mechanical properties and failure patterns. Meanwhile, for the sake of illuminating strain rate and temperature effect mechanisms, glass yarn samples were complementally tested at four different strain rates (40, 80, 120 and 160 s-1) and varying temperatures (25, 50, 75 and 100°C) utilizing an Instron drop-weight impact system. In addition, quasi-static properties of GFRP and glass yarn are supplemented as references. The stress-strain responses at varying strain rates and elevated temperatures are discussed. A Weibull statistics model is used to quantify the degree of variability in tensile strength and to obtainWeibull parameters for engineering applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number196
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Deformation
  • Mechanical properties
  • Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • Statistics
  • Stress/strain curves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Chemistry(all)

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