Compression of a Cord

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Amit Prakash

Wire Science and Technology, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Technical Center, Akron, OH 44316

Ted A. Conway

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3903

George A. Costello

Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801

J. Appl. Mech 59(2S), S213-S216 (Jun 01, 1992) doi:10.1115/1.2899491 History: Received September 17, 1990; Revised February 25, 1991; Online March 31, 2008


Cord is a structural element that is generally used to resist relatively large axial loads in tension in comparison to bending and torsional loads. However, in certain cases, a cord may be called upon to resist a compressive load such as occurs when a cord is placed in a composite. When a cord is subjected to compression, the individual filaments lose contact with each other. This results in a considerable reduction in the axial stiffness of the cord. Generally, most cord composites are fabricated at elevated temperatures and cooled to room temperatures. Some remarks are made concerning the buckling of these cords since the coefficients of thermal expansion are different for the matrix and the cord.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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