Effects of an electromagnetic field on the mechanical response of composites

Olesya I. Zhupanska, Robert L. Sierakowski

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The existing experimental evidence suggests that exposure of a composite material to an electromagnetic field leads to changes in the material's strength and resistance to delamination. In this work, the mechanical response of transversely isotropic graphite/epoxy composite plates in the presence of an electromagnetic field is studied. The interacting effects of the in-plane steady and slowly varying electric current, external magnetic field, and mechanical load as well as the effects of mechanical and electrical anisotropies are investigated. It is shown that an electromagnetic field may significantly enhance or reduce the deformed state of the composite plate depending on the direction of its application and its intensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-652
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Anisotropic plate
  • Electric current
  • Electro-magneto-mechanical coupling
  • Electromagnetic field
  • Polymer matrix composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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