A Brief Review on Damage Development, Micro-Mechanical Failure and Damage Models in GFRP Composites Subjected to Dynamic Loading


  • Anand Gaurav Department of Mechanical Engineering, SRMUH, Delhi-NCR, 131029, India




Fatigue, GFRP, damage development, fatigue damage models, micromechanics of failure


Glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites are the widely used polymer composites (PC) which accounts for about ninety percent of the fiber reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) used in structural and semi-structural components by weight. Abundance, cost-effectiveness, high toughness and ease of manufacturing are some of the vital properties associated with glass fibers that drive their widespread applications. Different classes of glass fibers such as E (electrical), S (strength) and C (corrosion) are available and are selectively used with the compatible polymers as matrix to obtain the properties deemed fit for application(s). In terms of mechanical properties, carbon, kevlar and boron fibers are superior but it is the cost that promotes GFRPs applications in larger structures. Glass fiber composites are considered superior to their carbon fiber counterparts in impact damage resistance, but could not be compared against kevlar fiber-based polymer composites in terms of the same. GFRPs components possess the least fatigue life compared to those made using carbon, kevlar and basalt fibers. GFRP composites subjected to fatigue witness property degradation depending upon but not limited to reinforcing fiber orientations, length and weave pattern, loading directions, presence of voids, matrix materials, test frequency, stress ratio and mean stress. Numerous works have been conducted and reported that studies one or more parameters associated with the fatigue damage development in these composites. Thus, this work delineates the effects of fiber geometry and length, matrix materials, ply stacking sequence, mean stress, stress/strain amplitude, test frequency and stress concentration on the fatigue degradation of GFRP laminates. Moreover, this work will also present an insight on various fatigue degradation models developed over period of time by conducting experiments on the specimen. Understanding damage development in these futuristic materials will enable materials engineer and scientist to apply them in critical and sub-critical components for long term applications and elimination or minimization of catastrophic failure of components made of GFRP.


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