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The composite materials are well known by their excellent combination of high structural stiffness and low weight. Their inherent anisotropy allows the designer to tailor the material in order to achieve the desired performance requirements. Thus, it is of fundamental importance to develop tools that allow the designer to obtain optimized designs(More)
The use of biodegradable synthetic grafts to repair injured ligaments may overcome the disadvantages of other solutions. Apart from biological compatibility, these devices shall also be functionally compatible and temporarily displayed, during the healing process, adequate mechanical support. Laxity of these devices is an important concern. This can cause(More)
This work proposes a procedure to estimate the dynamic damped behavior of fiber reinforced composite beams in flexural vibrations. A set of experimental dynamic tests were carried out in order to investigate the natural frequencies and modal shapes. These results are used to evaluate the damping factors by the program FREQ. These damping factors are then(More)
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