The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Assessment of fatigue damage evolution in woven composite materials using infra-red techniques

Fruehmann, R.K., Dulieu-Barton, J.M. and Quinn, S. (2010) Assessment of fatigue damage evolution in woven composite materials using infra-red techniques Composites Science and Technology, 70, pp. 937-946. (doi:10.1016/j.compscitech.2010.02.009).

Record type: Article


Thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA) is used to study the growth of fatigue damage in single and two
ply, 2 x 2 twill woven composite materials. Test specimens were subjected to a uniaxial tensile cyclic
loading with maximum stresses of 10, 15 and 20% of the ultimate failure stress. The development of
fatigue damage locally within the weft yarns is monitored using high resolution TSA. The specimens
were subsequently inspected using optical microscopy to evaluate the location and extent of cracks.
Cracks were found in the weft fibres, running transverse to the loading direction. It is demonstrated that
the lighter weight fabric is more resilient to damage progression. A signature pattern is identified in the
TSA phase data that indicates the onset and presence of fatigue damage in the composite material.

PDF CSTE-D-09-00809_accepted_manuscript.pdf - Other
Download (3MB)

More information

Published date: 2010
Keywords: A: Textile composites, B: Fatigue, C: Stress concentrations, Thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA)
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group, Engineering Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 72546
ISSN: 0266-3538
PURE UUID: 9593cddc-b27d-4aa2-84e7-0ada45cfc3f0
ORCID for S. Quinn: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 18 Feb 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:53

Export record


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.