Elastothermodynamic Damping in Composite and Cracked Media
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB BOLLING AFB DC
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When a composite material is subjected to a stress field, different regions undergo different temperature fluctuations due to the well-known thermoelastic effect. As a result irreversible heat conduction occurs, and entropy is produced which is manifested as a conversion of mechanical energy into heat. Moreover, the changes in temperature produce a thermal strain that is out of phase with the stress, thus converting mechanical energy into heat, i.e. work is lost. We define this process as elastothermodynamic damping. Herein, using the linear one-way coupled theory of elastothermodynamic relaxation, the elastothermodynamic damping of composite and cracked media is examined. Two equivalent descriptions of elastothermodynamic damping are first established 1 the mechanical description and 2 the entropic description. An integral-transform technique is then developed to solve for the temperature field of a general composite medium with arbitrary heat generation. With this solution, a general expression for the damping of the composite material is derived.
- Laminates and Composite Materials