Tensile and fatigue failure of 3D printed parts with continuous fibre reinforcement

Brooks, Hadley Laurence orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9289-5291 (2017) Tensile and fatigue failure of 3D printed parts with continuous fibre reinforcement. International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 6 (2/3). pp. 97-113. ISSN 1757-8817

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJRAPIDM.2017.082152


This paper introduces a design methodology used to integrate continuous fibre reinforcement into AM polymer parts with the aim of improving their mechanical properties. Tensile and low cycle fatigue testing of reinforced parts is carried out for a range of load conditions and strain rates
Physical testing showed that it was possible to improve the strength of parts by 400% and cycles to failure by 42,800% with the addition of 4% carbon by weight. Logarithmic load/cycle relationships were found also samples showed significant variability in the number of cycles to failure. No correlation between the density of the polylactic acid (PLA) infill and the tensile strength or low cycle fatigue life.
Access holes used to thread the fibre into the reinforcement channels were identified as stress concentrators initiating cracks in the PLA and separation of the reinforcement from the PLA part.

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