Improving through-thickness properties of fibre reinforced plastics using novel shaped fibres

J Harris*, Ian Bond, P Weaver, M Wisnom

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Abstract

Novel shaped fibres are introduced as a means of improving the through-thickness properties of composite materials. Twelve qualitative guidelines for the geometry of novel shaped reinforcing fibres are described, and the bounds they place on fibre designs are discussed. The paper concludes by proposing a fibre design that conforms to the majority of the guidelines. Manufacturing methods for experimental quantities of fibre and composite have been developed. Extensive development and testing are now under way to demonstrate the benefits of novel shaped fibres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications
Volume218
Issue numberL1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

Keywords

  • fibres
  • structural materials
  • fracture toughness
  • interfacial strength
  • design guidelines
  • INTERLAMINAR FRACTURE-TOUGHNESS
  • SECTIONAL ASPECT RATIO
  • MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES
  • EPOXY COMPOSITES
  • BEHAVIOR
  • MATRIX
  • PERFORMANCE
  • STRENGTH

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