Questions
Quick questions
You should be able to answer these questions without too much difficulty after studying this TLP. If not, then you should go through it again!

In mechanical loading experiments, involving large stresses and long durations, to measure the transverse stiffness of a composite, the experimental values are sometimes lower than the HalpinTsai prediction (some even lower than the Equal stress calculation.) Why might this be?

How would you determine the total energy absorbed during fracture of a composite from its stress strain curve? (multiple choice)

What is the most significant energy absorbing mechanism during composite failure?

What is the combined work done per unit crack area required for crack deflection and fibre pullout in a 60 % longfibre composite? (Data: τ_{i*} = 40 MPa, G_{ic} = 8 J m^{2} , fibre radius r = 7 μm, pullout length x_{0} = 840 μm.)
Deeper questions
The following questions require some thought and reaching the answer may require you to think beyond the contents of this TLP.

For a laminate made up of 50% volume fraction carbon HS fibres and Nylon 6,6 matrix with a stacking sequence of 0 / 15 /50 / 55 / 60, at what loading angle is the Poisson contraction the minimum?

How would you describe a laminate, composed of two constituents, with a stacking sequence of 0/45/80/45/0 subjected to a uniaxial tensile stress at a loading angle of 20 degrees?

What is the axial stiffness of a longfibre composite composed of glass fibres arranged in a hexagonal array in an epoxy matrix ? (Data: Glass fibre: E_{f} = 76 , fibre radius = 3.9 μm, spacing between centres of adjacent fibres = 8 μm Epoxy: E_{m} = 5 GPa.)

Calculate the axial failure stress for a composite composed of 30% borosilicate glass matrix and 70 % kevlar fibre, assuming that if one of the components fails the entire applied load is transferred to the other component.
Data: Kevlar fibre: σ_{fu} = 3.0 GPa, E_{f} = 130 GPa.
Borosilicate glass matrix: σ_{mu} = 0.10GPa, E_{m} = 64 GPaWhat further assumptions do you need to make?