The objective of the paper is to explore the validity of the Time-Temperature-Stress Superposition Principle (TTSSP) to describe the creep behaviour of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) pultruded beams. For this purpose, an experimental programme, including both short- and long-term creep tests, has been carried out. A total of twenty pultruded GFRP beams have been tested in a 4-point bending scheme. Tests have been conducted at controlled room temperature (26°C, 32°C, 41°C) and prescribed percentage of the ultimate load (26%, 35%, 45%). Findley’s law has been used to interpret the results of the short-term experiments. Then, the TTSSP has been applied to build a master curve, usable to predict the results of long-term experiments. The results demonstrate the extent of validity of the TTSSP for predicting the creep behaviour of GFRP composites, at least for the material used and the duration of the tests.

Experimental study on the creep behavior of GFRP pultruded beams

VALVO, PAOLO SEBASTIANO
2013

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The objective of the paper is to explore the validity of the Time-Temperature-Stress Superposition Principle (TTSSP) to describe the creep behaviour of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) pultruded beams. For this purpose, an experimental programme, including both short- and long-term creep tests, has been carried out. A total of twenty pultruded GFRP beams have been tested in a 4-point bending scheme. Tests have been conducted at controlled room temperature (26°C, 32°C, 41°C) and prescribed percentage of the ultimate load (26%, 35%, 45%). Findley’s law has been used to interpret the results of the short-term experiments. Then, the TTSSP has been applied to build a master curve, usable to predict the results of long-term experiments. The results demonstrate the extent of validity of the TTSSP for predicting the creep behaviour of GFRP composites, at least for the material used and the duration of the tests.
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