A method to produce uniform plane-stress states with applications to fiber-reinforced materials

Research paper by M. Arcan, Z. Hashin, A. Voloshin

Indexed on: 01 Apr '78Published on: 01 Apr '78Published in: Experimental mechanics


This work is concerned with a new method for testing material properties under uniform plane-stress conditions by means of a specially designed plane specimen. Photoelastic analysis showed that in the significant section of the specimen it is possible to produce uniform plane stress, with high accuracy, subject to the limitation that the principal stresses are of different signs. An important special case of loading produces pure shear on the significant section. The specimen is of particular importance for fiber-composite testing.The experimental results presented are encouraging.