Composites Toughen Up! Chapter · DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46120-5_17

Ivana Partridge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


The chapter charts the early developments of formulated aerospace grade matrix resins for composites. Where does a processing aid finish and a toughening agent begin? The often neglected effects of layer morphology on the apparent toughness of laminates are explored, suggesting reasons for the success of modern ‘interlayer-toughened’ resin systems. Different options of through-the-thickness reinforcement techniques are described, with an assessment of their effectiveness in limiting delamination cracking, distinguishing between effects on crack initiation and crack growth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Structural Integrity of Carbon Fiber Composites
EditorsPeter Beaumont, Costas Soutis
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


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