Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor


First Reader

Dr. KT Tan

Second Reader

Dr. Greg Morscher


Due to technological advancement in the manufacturing methods of composites, these materials find a plethora of applications which include but are not limited to wind energy projects in the form of turbine blades. These blades at times are exposed to temperatures as low as -40ᵒC. Therefore, there is a need to study low-temperature effects on such materials under different loading scenarios. This study investigates the possibility of utilizing MAC/GMC as a simulation tool to match trends of mechanical properties such as fatigue performance and stiffness variation of a given Glass fiber/Epoxy composite at 23ᵒC (room temperature) and -40 ᵒC, under fully reversed (R=-1) and tensile (R=0.1) loading cases. The results show remarkable consistency with the published data.