Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics


Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

First Advisor

D. Tost


Interaction between the reinforcement and the matrix of a unidirectional composite while subjected to a compressive loading is studied. The effect of fiber position relative to another fiber and relative to the surface is characterized using finite element analysis. Experimental models are developed and utilized in an effort to verify the accuracy of the finite element analyses. To conduct the finite element analysis, two dimensional models are developed and compared to experimental work. The same method is used to determine results in both fiber- fiber interaction and surface- fiber interaction. An experimental method is developed from existing methods using standards followed in the composite's industry. Experimental specimens are developed following requirements set forth by the experimental procedure.