Improved fracture toughness in carbon fibre epoxy composite through novel pre-preg coating method using Epoxy Terminated Butadiene Nitrile rubber

Devkumar Goudar, Vijay Chatterjee, P. K. Barhai, Dayananda Jawali, Sameer Rahatekar, M. R. Wisnom

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Abstract

A novel pre-preg coating method was used to improve the interlaminar fracture toughness in carbon fibre epoxy composite laminates, using reactive liquid rubber. The Epoxy Terminated Butadiene Nitrile (ETBN) liquid rubber incorporated between pre-pregs using automatic draw bar coating technique. Experimental test results reveal that by adding ETBN in small quantities in the range of 15.55-22.66 g/m(2), inter laminar critical energy release rates (G(IC) and G(IIC)) can be improved up to 140% in mode-I loadings and 32% in mode-II loadings respectively. It was confirmed that the effect of ETBN rubber concentration in carbon epoxy pre-preg system on interlaminar fracture toughness under mode-I and mode-II loadings, was discussed by on the bases of fractographic observations and mechanism considerations using SEM. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials and Design
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Polymer composites
  • Epoxy Terminated Butadiene Nitrile
  • Energy release rate
  • Polymer pre-preg systems
  • DISCONTINUOUS INTERLEAVES
  • DAMAGE SUPPRESSION
  • PREFORMED RUBBER
  • TOUGHENED EPOXY
  • MODE-I
  • REINFORCEMENT
  • DELAMINATION
  • DEFORMATION
  • MECHANISMS
  • THICKNESS

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