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Abstract

This article describes the results of several case history studies of the failure of polymer-matrix composite components to provide not only some representative types of failures that can encounter, but also to provide some insight into the investigative process. These case histories deal mainly with structures that exhibit an initial material and/or manufacturing defect or failures that are most prevalent and most easily solved. The components include helicopter rotor blade, composite wing spar, and aircraft rudder.

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Patricia L. Stumpff, 2001. "Case Histories", Composites, Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson

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