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PREDICTING THE STRENGTH OF REINFORCED PLASTIC LAMINATES WITH TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS
FOREST PRODUCTS LAB MADISON WIS
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A simple theoretical method was developed to predict the strength of reinforced plastic laminates when thermal gradients exist through the thickness. Theoretical values are compared with experimental data from compression and tension tests. The observed strength was equal to or slightly greater than what the theory predicts, so it was concluded that the theory is conservative and useful for the solution of thermal gradient problems. Author
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