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Advance Composite Materials for Structures Assignment -3 Max Marks: 40 Due on: 25/8/2011

Note: Answer all the questions in the formatted table as provided below. QUESTION 1. On what factors the stress distribution within an FRP depends? 2. In case of CFRP materials, what parameters may be of concern primarily to the designers? 3. How the toughness of composite is predicted and what is its structural significance? 4. How can the manufacturers improve the resistance to alkaline environment of the GFRP? 5. What is the most widely used generalpurpose form of glass fiber and in which application it is primarily used? 6. In which application ECR glass is more . suitable? 7. Which kind of glass FRP is most appropriate for structural applications? 8. If GFRP is to be used for its chemical stability against corrosive environments where it may contact or contain acidic material in the chemical processing industry, which specific form of glass can be used in this situation? 9. What is the creep rupture? Which FRP is most susceptible to creep-rupture? 10. What is the stress corrosion and how it occurs in the case of GFRP bars? 11. What factors control the modulus of elasticity of Carbon fibers? 12. What is precursor? Give few examples of most widely used precursor for production of carbon fibers? 13. What is prepreg and what is its advantage? 14. Which kind of manufacturing process is used for FRP components for civil ANSWER

engineering infrastructures? 15. How the vacuum assisted resin transfer molding process can be a potential repairing and external strengthening technique? 16. Give two examples of commercially available Aramid Fibers. 17. Which structural applications limit the use of AFRP and why? 18. Comment on the notch sensitivity of AFRP. 19. Which fibers have negative coefficient of longitudinal thermal expansion. 20. If Aramid fibers have to be used for FRP shell structures, what property of this fiber will be of most concern to the designers? What could be the solution for this concern?