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H. DIETZ tions. The strength properties of reinforced plastics can be tailored to fit the imposed stresses, a feature not true of all structural materials. 3. LIGHT TRANSMISSION. Of all the structural materials available, reinforced plastics alone can transmit light. They can therefore provide the unique combination of structure, enclosure, and light transmission. Among the most serious limitations are: 1. Low STIFFNESS. Compared with steel and aluminum, reinforced plastics possess low stiffness.

The figure shows that, with the total volume fraction of boron reinforcement constant, the compressive strength should increase rapidly as the glass content is increased from zero to about 18%, because of the enhanced strength and stiffness of the binder. Test results for three-component composites are indicated by the points on the figure, and while there are low points (attributable to resin-free areas in the specimens, caused by the learning process for manufacturing the three-component system) the better specimens do show increases in strength.

14. Average stress at failure for plates tested in V-groove fixtures 100 36 NORRIS F. DOW stress for the correlation of these stresses is still in question. Certainly all indications are that properly supported isotropic boron/epoxy plates should give much higher stresses. D. Ultimate Compressive Strength In view of the low plate strengths measured for the isotropic reinforcement pattern, the question naturally arises as to whether the high ultimate strengths indicated by the stress-strain curves of Fig.

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