Durability of E-glass vinyl ester composite structures and their modeling in ABAQUS

Eslami, Shahram, Honarbakhsh Rauf, Abbas, & Eslami, Shiva (2014) Durability of E-glass vinyl ester composite structures and their modeling in ABAQUS. In Proceedings of the American Society for Composites 2014-Twenty-ninth Technical Conference on Composite Materials, DEStech Publications, Inc, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

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The use of fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials (FRP) in various applications such as aerospace, automotive, sports equipment, and oil and gas industries has been growing in recent years. Nonetheless, the potential use of FRP pipes in harsh environmental conditions of oil and gas industry-related applications could become significantly greater if there was minimal degradation to the mechanical and physical properties of the materials used to form the pipes. The feasibility study of this potential, however, requires several systematic investigations for assessing the long-term durability of glass fiber-reinforced polymer composite pipes. This paper presents results from our preliminary investigation on the response of E-glass/Vinyl ester composite pipes aged in water and seawater at various temperatures. Scanning electron microscopy is used to assess the material’s response, and ABAQUS simulations are used to assess the capacity of the modeling software to predict the moisture absorption process in E-glass/Vinyl ester composites using a diffusion module. As the results obtained in the experiments and ABAQUS simulations have good agreement, ABAQUS can be used to simulate the long-term durability of E-glass/Vinyl ester composite pipes exposed to humid environments.

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ID Code: 95714
Item Type: Conference Paper
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ISBN: 9781605951249
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright© (2014) by DEStech Publications, Inc.
Deposited On: 23 May 2016 03:33
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 05:03

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