Mechanical Behavior of Polyester and Fiber Glass as a Composite Material used in a Vehicle under Dynamic Loading

Abstract

The automobile industry has shown increased interest in the replacement of steel spring with fiberglass composite leaf spring due to high strength compared to weight. The aim of this paper is to study two kinds of fiberglass, regular direction (0-90) and random direction immersed in polyester resin. They were tested under static load, as tensile test for their mechanical properties, and under dynamic load in fully reversible bending tests as fatigue test, to estimate S-N curves, and impact test for their mechanical properties. Results from the tensile tests showed that the tensile strength of the regular type is greater than random type. The fatigue test results showed that the number of cycles to failure in regular type of composite material is greater than that of the random type and the endurance limit is also greater than in random, the increase percentage in endurance limit is 7.5%. Results due to impact test showed that there were on increasing in fracture energy for the random type the increase ratio is 13.9%. The Important characteristics of composites that make them excellent for leaf spring instead of steel are higher strength-to-weight ratio, superior fatigue strength. Application of composite structures reduces the weight of leaf spring without any reduction on the load carrying capacity and stiffness in automobile suspension system.