Proceedings of the American Society for Composites 2008-Twenty-Third Technical Conference

September 7-9, 2008, Memphis, TN

Edited by: Thomas E. Lacy, Rani Sullivan, and Anthony J. Vizzini



ISBN: 978-1-932078-95-4, 2008, single CD-ROM housed in plastic jewel case


  • New research on emerging composite materials technology
  • Focus on multifunctional and nanocomposite materials
  • Special sections on nanocomposite fabrication, infrastructure, and testing

This searchable CD-ROM collection contains original research papers first presented at the 23rd technical conference of the American Society for Composites, held in conjunction with the SAMPE meeting, September 2008, in Memphis, TN, USA

The contents are grouped under the following headings:

Manufacturing * Textile Fibers and Preforms * Numerical Modeling * Testing and Smart Structures * Damage and Failure * Laminate Mechanics * Design * Nanocomposites * Nanocomposites Fabrication * Construction with Composites * Infrastructure * J.N. Reddy Symposium

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Manufacturing and Processing

  • Fiber Micro-Buckling Model during Cure Process of CFRP
  • Evaluation of Temperature Profiles in Thick Composite Parts during Autoclave Processing
  • In-situ Synthesis and Thermal Properties of ZrO2/ZrW2O8 Composites
  • Wetout of High Pull Speed Resin Injection Pultrusion for Tapered Injection Chamber with Multiple Injection Ports
  • Development and Analysis of a Hybrid Reinforced Composite Material for Solid Rocket Motor Insulation
  • Vacuum Induced Preform Relaxation (VIPR) Process for Resin Flow Control in Vacuum Infusion Processes

Textiles, Fibers, and Preforms

  • Effect of Processing Parameters on the Strength of Resin Infused Polyamide-6 Impregnated Glass Fabric Composite
  • Manufacture of Layered Fiber/Metal Hybrid Composites by the VARTM Process
  • Initial Fracture and Crack Progress of Off-Axis Glass Woven Composites
  • Mechanical Properties of Hybrid Braided Composite Tube

Numerical Modeling

  • Assessment of Delamination Propagation Capabilities in Commercial Finite Element Codes
  • Modeling Energy Absorption of Composite Structures with a Coupled Damage-Plasticity Model
  • Influence of Laminate Thickness Approximation Methods on the Performance of Optimal Filamentary Pressure Vessels
  • Modeling of Failure from Processing Induced Defects in Polymer Matrix Composites

Modeling and Analysis I

  • Electro-Thermo-Mechanical Coupling in Composites
  • On the Use of the Separated J-integral and the p-version of the Finite Element Method for the Computation of the Energy Release Rate Components for Cracks in Composite Materials
  • Effective Longitudinal Anisotropy of a Fiber-Reinforced Composite with Rectangular Symmetry: Elastic Orthotropic Case
  • Continuity of the Solutions Obtained by Lekhnitskii’s Theory for Anisotropic Plates: Sign Selection Strategies

Modeling and Analysis II

  • A Finite Element Analysis for Predicting the Residual Compressive Strength of Impact-Damaged Sandwich Panels
  • Modeling Crashworthiness of Composites using ABAQUS
  • Particle Modeling for Blasting Simulations

Analysis and Testing

  • Numerical Study of the Foreign-Object Impact on the Composite Fan Blade
  • A Multiscale Failure Model for Thin Heterogeneous Plates
  • Stress Concentrations around Cut-Outs in Anisotropic Plates: A Short Assessment of Lekhnitskii’s Formalism

Testing I

  • Impact Behavior of Nanoparticulate-Adhesive Bonded Composites
  • Dynamic Crushing of Composite Structures: Experiment and Simulation
  • Dynamic Crush Response of RTM vs. Roll Wrapped Crash Boxes
  • Influence of Geometry on the Stability Characteristics of Bistable Cross-Ply Laminates
  • Properties of Nanoparticulate Syntactic Foams at High Microballoon Volume Fraction
  • ASTM Committee D30 on Composite Materials: An Overview and Status Report

Testing II

  • Development of a Failure Criterion for Cavitation and Debonding Induced Failure under Transverse Loading in Multi-Fiber Composites using the Cruciform Speciment Geometry
  • Effect of Structure on Electrical Conductance of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes
  • Investigations of Nanocomposites Containing Carbon Nanotubes by TEM and a Home Made SEM
  • Vibration Testing of a Carbon Composite Fuselage
  • Investigation of the Pumping Action of a Barrel-Shaped Shell-of-Revolution Composite Structure

Testing and Smart Structures

  • Characterization of Quasi-Static and Dynamic Response of Functionally Graded Composites
  • Strength of Composite Angle Bracket with Nano-Enhanced Resins
  • Damage Identification in Laminated Composites using Spectral Data
  • Damage Identification of Quasi-Isotropic Graphite/Epoxy Laminates using Electrical Resistance Change
  • Encapsulation of Micro-Optical Sensors for Applications of Stress Measurement
  • Novel Method of Self-Healing of Composites

Damage and Failure

  • FEM Modeling on Interfacial Debonding of Single Short Fiber Composite with Elasto-Plastic Matrix
  • Carbon Nanotube Networks as a Strain Indicator and Failure Predictor in Polymer Matrix Composites Subjecting to Static and Dynamic Loads
  • Comparison of Creep Response and Damage Accumulation between Chopped and Continuous Glass Fiber Mat Thermoplastic Composites
  • Mode II Fracture—Simulations and Experiments

Laminate Mechanics

  • Behavior of Quasi-Three-Dimensional Woven Composites
  • Transverse Load Introduction in Thick Composites
  • Analysis of Laminated Composites Tapered Tubes
  • A Correlation Model for Graphite/Epoxy Properties for Propagating Uncertainty to Strain Response
  • Experimental Verification of Hygrothermally Stable Laminates with Optimal Extension-Twist Coupling


  • Design and Manufacture of a Composite Cylinder with Circumferentially Varying Stiffness
  • Optimal Shapes and Winding Parameters for Filament Wound Articulated Pressure Vessels
  • Pattern Design and Optimization for Filament Wound Toroidal Pressure Vessels
  • Design and Analysis of Tow-Steered Composite Shells using Fiber Placement
  • Dimension and Stacking Sequence Optimization of Rocket Interstage Composite Structure
  • Design of Carbon Fiber Hybrid—PAN/Pitch-Flat Braided Fabric Composites

Durability and Damage Tolerance

  • A Theoretical Model for Prediction of Damage Evolution and Degradation in Composites Due to Environmental Ageing
  • Interaction of Oxidation, Stress and Damage in High Temperature Polymeric Matrix Composites
  • Assessment of Composite Delamination Self-Healing via Micro-Encapsulation
  • A Stochastic Fatigue Damage Model for Composite Single Lap Shear Joints Based on Markov Chains and Thermoelastic Stress Analysis

Fatigue, Fracture and Residual Strength

  • Dynamic Mode-II Crack Propagation in Z-Pinned Composites
  • High Resolution Tomographic Imaging and Modeling of Notch Tip Damage in a Laminated Composite
  • Quick Repairs of Composite Structures
  • Damage Resistance and Tolerance of Carbon/Epoxy Composites under Lightning Strike Loading
  • Characterization of the Effects of Lay-up, Stress Level, and Stress Ratio on Fatigue Damage Development in Graphite Epoxies using Radiography
  • Reliability-Based Evaluation of Composite Structure Damage Tolerance Related to Failure Mechanisms

Natural Fibers and Resins

  • Fabrication and Mechanical Properties of Braided Continuous Natural Fiber Reinforced Biodegradable Composite
  • Lamination Process for Chemical Retted Kenaf Fiber/Thermoplastic Polymer Composites
  • Deformation Behavior of Bamboo Bow with Hybrid Structure
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Modified Soybean Oil and Methacrylated Fatty Acid Derived Resins for Sheet Molding Compounds

Modeling of Nanocomposites

  • Nanotechnology Training for Engineers: Tearing Down Traditional Walls
  • Electrical Conductivity and Damage Sensing of Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Adhesion at Epoxy Interfaces

Nanocomposites Fabrication

  • Influence of Dimethylacetamide on the Dispersion and Mechanical Properties of a Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymer Mixed with Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofibers or Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
  • Fabrication and Characterization of Magnetic Nanoparticles Reinforced Polyacrylonitrile Nanocomposites
  • Preparation and Characterization of Layered Silicate Nanocomposites Based on Resole Phenolic Resins and Brominated Resole Phenolic Copolymer Resins
  • Multi-Functional Reactive Graphitic Nanofibers (r-GNFs)-Epoxy Resin as Matrix for Composites
  • Nanostructure/Strain-Resistance in Nanolaminates Containing Carbon Nanofibers and Carbon Nanotubes

Characterization of Nanocomposites

  • Characterization of Functionally Gradient Syntactic Foam
  • Low Velocity Impact Behavior of Nanoparticulate Syntactic Foam Sandwich Structured Composites
  • Review of Bond and Tensile Durability of a GFRP Reinforcement Bar in Concrete

Testing of Nanocomposites I

  • The Effect of Nano Particles into Sandwich Composites Energy Absorption and Failure Mechanism
  • Experimental Study on Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Clay Modified Carbon Fiber Reinforced Epoxy
  • Thermomechanical Response and Interphase of a Novel Carbon Nanotube Array-Reinforced Laminated Composite Material
  • Analytical Model for Mode I Interlaminar Toughness of Composites Reinforced with Aligned Carbon Nanotubes

Testing of Nanocomposites II

  • An Investigation on Nanocomposites Damage Tolerance
  • Moisture Absorption and Mechanical Properties Characterization of Polyurethane Foams with and without Nanoclay
  • Effect of Strain Rates on Energy Absorption of Exfoliated Graphite Platelet and Cloisite Nanoclay Reinforced Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites
  • An Investigation on Nanocomposites under Intense Heat Conditions
  • Effects of Carbon Nanotube Reinforcement on Mechanical Response and Damage Tolerance of Carbon/Epoxy Composites
  • Characterization of Neat and Nanophased Epoxy Polymers Subjected to Accelerated Aging Conditions

Construction Composites

  • Environmental Effects on Pull-Out Properties of Carbon Fiber Tow in Epoxy Resin
  • Effect of Environmental Degradation on Interlaminar Shear and Flexure Strength of Carbon/Epoxy Composites
  • Durability Study of Neat/Nanophased GFRP Composites under Different Environmental Conditioning
  • Evaluation of Thermal Effects on Mechanical Properties of Epoxy, Carbon Fiber and Carbon/Epoxy Composite
  • Life Estimation of Construction Composites by Means of MMF and ATM
  • Thermoplastic Composite Structural Insulated Panels (CSIPS) for Modular Construction


  • Transverse FRP Composite Reinforcements for Improving Shear Performance and Ply Engagement of Glued-Laminated Timbers
  • Use of Nano-Particle Enhanced Composites to Reduce Blast Vulnerability of Low Rise RC Frame Buildings
  • Interfacial Behavior of Side Plated CFRP-to-Concrete Joints under Cyclic Shear Loading


  • Development of Multifunctional Structural Composites for Energy Harvesting
  • Mediator-Less Glucose Biosensor Based on Carbon Nanotube Mat
  • Effect of Process Modification on the Microstructure and Properties of Fiber Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites

J. N. Reddy Symposium

  • Adaptive Multiscale Modeling of Progressive Failure in Composite Laminates
  • Micromechanical Modeling of Thermo-Oxidative Degradation of High Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites
  • Non-Cylindrical Composite Pressure Fuselages
  • Healing Behavior of a Carbon/Mendomer Composite
  • An Elastic-Plastic and Strength Prediction Model for Injection-Molded Long-Fiber Thermoplastics
  • Ecofriendly Plastics from Biofiber and Biodegradable Polymers
  • Boundary Singularities in the Off Axis Coupon
  • A Novel, Multiscale High Fidelity Progressive Damage and Failure Modeling Approach for Laminated Fiber Reinforced Composites
  • Characterization of Light Weight Composite Proppants
  • Multi-Functional Composite Fatigue
  • Viscoelastic Designer Composite Materials
  • Multiscale Biomechanical Analysis of Uterine Tissue
  • Multi-Scale Modeling of Composite Solids with Damage
  • Implementation of Bistable Composite Concept for Wing Morphing
  • Fracture Toughness of Cellular Solids using Finite Element Based Micromechanics
  • Why LEFM is not Applicable for Bonded Joints
  • Effects of Cryogenic Temperature on Fracture Toughness of Core-Shell Rubber (CSR) Toughened Epoxy Nanocomposites



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