Title page for ETD etd-01072010-220751


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cook, Frederick Philip
URN etd-01072010-220751
Title Characterization of UHMWPE Laminates for High Strain Rate Applications
Degree Master of Science
Department Engineering Science and Mechanics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Case, Scott W. Committee Chair
Batra, Romesh C. Committee Member
Lesko, John J. Committee Member
Keywords
  • UHMWPE
  • Time-temperature superposition
Date of Defense 2010-01-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The research presented in this thesis represents an effort to characterize the properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). As a composite of polymers, the properties of UHMWPE are time-dependent. It is desired by research sponsors to know the properties of the material at high strain rates, in order to simulate the use of these materials in computer models. Properties believed to be significant which are investigated in this research are the tensile properties of lamina and laminates, and the interlaminar shear properties of laminates. The efficacy of using time-temperature superposition to shift tensile properties of the composite is investigated, and a novel apparent shear strength test is proposed and demonstrated. The effects of processing the material at various temperatures and pressures are also investigated.
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