The energy absorption capacity of asequence of axially crushed composite tubes fabricatedfrom high tow count filament glass fiber with differentnumber of layers (4, 6, 8, and 10 layers), is to determinethe viability of with considering the use of such fibers inautomotive applications. To that end, glass-epoxytubular specimens with circular cross-sectionalgeometry and 0/90° orientation fibers were fabricatedand crushed statically to examine the energy absorptioncharacteristics and to calculate the crushworthinessparameters. Three specimens were cut from each ofthese tubes. Twelve specimens were crushed staticallyby using INSTRON machine. In order to characterizethe tubes and specimens, a number of measurementswere taken. These measurements included wallthickness, cross-sectional dimensions, volume, andmass. Two important energy absorption measures wereexamined: the specific energy absorption (SEA) and theload ratio to the average load. The number of layershad a significant effect on the energy absorption.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Feb 2010|
|Event||2nd International Conference on Engineering and ICT 2010 - Malacca, Malaysia|
Duration: 18 Feb 2010 → 20 Feb 2010
|Conference||2nd International Conference on Engineering and ICT 2010|
|Period||18/02/10 → 20/02/10|