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Tensile strength prediction of irregular fibres using diameter-dependent Weibull analysis
journal contributionposted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sepehr Moradi, Xin LiuXin Liu, S Shaikhzadeh Najar, Xungai Wang
A modified Weibull model incorporating the within-fibre diameter variation is applied to examine the fibre diameter effect on the strength of single fibres. Australian Superfine Merino Wool (ASFW) and Inner Mongolia Cashmere (IMC) were used in the present work, since these animal fibres tend to have relatively large diameter variations. To determine single fibre strength, tensile measurements were carried out for fibres with diameters varying between 9 and 21 μm at a constant gauge length. It was found that an increase in the diameter disparity along the fibre reduces the strength of fibres. To validate this, the accuracy of predicting weak-link scaling was evaluated; the results showed that the application of modified Weibull distribution gives a better relationship with the empirical data than the standard Weibull model. The results suggest that the modified Weibull model is more accurate in predicting the size dependence and strength of single fibres with diameter variations.