Title page for ETD etd-10062009-020306
|Type of Document
||Alvarado, Carlos Mariano
||The role of the thermal contact conductance in the interpretation of laser flash data in fiber-reinforced composites
||Master of Science
|Thomas, James R. Jr.
|Hasselman, D. P. H.
|Vick, Brian L.
|Date of Defense
The flash method proposed by Parker et al. in the early sixties is one of the most
important experimental procedures to determine the thermal properties of homogeneous
materials. Because of the versatility of this method, researchers have attempted to extend
its usefulness into the realm of composite material. However, some difficulties arise
because of the existence of preferential heat paths in heterogeneous materials, especially in
fiber-reinforced composites. In order for experimental flash method results to be
meaningful a homogeneous temperature front must exist at the back face of the sample,
where the measurements are made.
In this work, the parameters that render the radial temperature response of a fiber reinforced
composite homogeneous at the back face were investigated. According to the
literature three criteria must be met for homogeneity to occur: fiber-to-matrix volume
ratio must be high; sample axial dimension must be large compared to radial fiber
dimension and the thermal contact between the fibers and the matrix must be high. Since
the first two criteria are met by most fiber-reinforced composite samples subject to the
flash method, attention was concentrated on the third criterion. An inequality that must be
met by the contact conductance term to establish homogeneity is proposed and some
sample temperature profiles are presented.
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