Durability of viscoelastic fibre prestressing in a polymeric composite

Xueqi Lin, Bing Wang, Chenmin Zhao, Walter Nsengiyumva, Shuncong Zhong, Hui Chen, Dianzi Liu

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Viscoelastic fibre prestressing (VFP) is a promising technique to counterbalance the potential thermal residual stress within a polymeric composite, offering superior mechanical benefits for structural engineering applications. It has been demonstrated that the time required for a desirable creep strain can be significantly reduced by implementing higher creep stress, while its long-term stability is still unknown. Here, we developed the prestress equivalence principle and investigated the durability of viscoelastic fibre prestressing within a composite in order to further enrich the prestress mechanisms. The effectiveness of the prestress equivalence principle was refined through Charpy impact testing of prestressed samples with various pre-strain levels. The durability was investigated by subjecting samples to both natural aging (up to 0.5 years) and accelerated aging (by using the time-temperature superposition principle). It is found that the prestress equivalence principle offers flexibility for viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composite (VPPMC) technology; the impact benefits offered by VFP are still active after being accelerated aged to an equivalent of 20,000 years at 20 °C, inferring long-term reliability of VFP-generated fibre recovery within a polymeric composite. These findings demonstrated that both materials and energy consumption could be conserved for advanced composites. Therefore, they promote further steps of VPPMC technology toward potential industrial applications, especially for impact protection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number811
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2023


  • durability
  • impact
  • polymeric composite
  • prestress
  • viscoelasticity

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