Experimental Mechanics, Volume 57, Pages 313-324, 18 October 2016

Measurement of Elastic Properties of Epoxy Molding Compound by Single Cylindrical Configuration with Embedded Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor

Y. Suna, H.-S. Leea, and Bongtae Hana
a CALCE, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20740, USA


We propose a novel experimental method, based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor, to measure the elastic properties of epoxy molding compound (EMC) from a single specimen configuration. The FBG sensor is embedded in the center of a cylindrical EMC specimen, and deforms together with the EMC. The Bragg wavelength (BW) shifts are documented during compressive and hydrostatic loadings. Young’s modulus and bulk modulus are determined from the BW shifts using the relationships between the elastic constants and the BW shift. Two major developments to accommodate the unique requirements of EMC testing include: (1) a large mechanical pressure to be applied during curing; and (2) a very high gas pressure required for hydrostatic testing. The shear modulus and Poisson’s ratio are calculated from the two measured constants to provide a complete set of elastic properties of EMC.

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