The main objective of this work is to create a physical platform for
material characterization and parameter identification at macroscale as
a function of applied strain rate, understanding how the strain rate
affects the damage and mechanical response of three different composite
material systems studied.
For this purpose, methods for dynamic characterization of composite
materials have to be extended and applied to the study of strain rate
effects on carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRP) and neat resin
systems under several loading conditions (longitudinal and transverse
tension, longitudinal and transverse compression, interlaminar and
intralaminar toughness and low velocity and dynamic impact testings), in
the range between 10-3 to 103 s-1.