Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Fatigue Behavior of Chopped GFRP Composite Rod under Rotating Bending Load


Ali S. Al-Turaihi†, Mustafa Baqir Hunain†, Ahmed Fadhil Hamzah‡, Essam Zuheir Fadhel†


† Department Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Babylon,

‡ University of Babylon, College of Materials Engineering, Department of Engineering of Polymers and Petrochemical Industries

Corresponding Author Email: alialturhee@yahoo.com

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This work deals with the effect of volume fractions (0, 10, and 20%) on fatigue behavior of unsaturated polyester matrix reinforced with E-glass chopped fiber experimentally and numerically. The composite materials are manufactured by hand layup technique, which is formulated by E-glass fibers immersed in polyester resin. The experimental part includes achieving mechanical tests to estimate the mechanical properties, which represent by tensile, and fatigue tests under completely reversed cyclic loading. The results shows that the tensile strength and elastic modulus of such composite is increased by 44.4% and 60.8% respectively when the volume fraction increased from 0% to 20%, while the fatigue strength of composite reinforced with 20% of volume fraction increased by about 48% compared with that pure polyester. The numerical part includes a finite element method by using ANSYS/16 workbench software to verify experimental data and good agreement has found with maximum overall average error 7%.