A model is presented which describes the reponse of organic matrix composites to hot and moist environments. Equations are presented for calculating the temperature and moisture distributions, the total moisture content, and the hygrothermal deformations of composite laminates. Methods for measuring the relevant material properties are described. A technique for accelerated moisture conditioning is discussed.
KeywordsFibre Reinforce Polymer Mass Diffusivity Fickian Diffusion Changeover Time Moist Environment
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