North America

Discussion Panel 4 (Durability)

2:20 to 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Predicting the Fatigue of Polymers and Composites

With the increasing demand for improved fuel economy in transportation industries, there is increasing need for the structural application of composites where high stiffness-to-weight and strength-to-weight ratios are required. Such materials are inherently heterogeneous. Typically, they are made of a polymeric matrix reinforced by continuous or discontinuous fibers. As a result, they behave in more complex ways than conventional materials such as metals but also predicting failure can be challenging. This workshop discusses some of the challenges of predicting the failure of polymers and composites and recent advances in this area.