Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The object was to design and initiate the use of a fixture capable of testing for pre-buckling deflections in a composite tube under thermal loading. The fixture is to be used on a continuing basis to test three types of composites: (1) glass/epoxy, (2) Kevlar/epoxy, and (3) graphite/epoxy. The course of action chosen was to adapt a fixture designed by Tim Streb and Steve Fulkerson in the spring of 1991. The fixture was completed, and one test was performed. An added responsibility was to initiate a course of action such that the volumetric percentage of fiber in the composite may be determined.
16 Apr 1992
Fulkerson, S., "Thermal Buckling of Composite Tubes" (1992). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 57.