Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 427–438, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-427-2018
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 427–438, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-3-427-2018

Research article 20 Jun 2018

Research article | 20 Jun 2018

Effects of moisture absorption on damage progression and strength of unidirectional and cross-ply fiberglass–epoxy composites

Jake D. Nunemaker et al.

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ED: Publish as is (09 May 2018) by Lars Pilgaard Mikkelsen
ED: Publish as is (15 May 2018) by Joachim Peinke(Chief Editor)
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This paper presents an experimental investigation of the tensile strength of fiberglass–epoxy composites before and after water saturation. The strengths of [0], [90], and [0/90] layups all show a drop in tensile strength. However, investigation of the data, damaged coupons, and acoustic emission events illustrates a change in the mechanism governing final failure between the dry and saturated coupons. This illustrates the complexity of strength prediction of multiple layups after saturation.