Pseudo-ductile behaviour has previously been demonstrated in a [±45n]s carbon fibre composite via fibre rotation. To further develop the pseudo-ductile response, the high strain properties of the matrix should be considered to avoid strain localisation and potentially exploit strain-hardening in an amorphous thermoplastic matrix. For the first time, polycarbonate, a high strain-to-failure matrix is utilised in a pseudo-ductile composite design and compared to a high performance thermoset fibre composite containing an epoxy resin. The use of polycarbonate leads to enhanced pseudo-ductile strain (49%), longitudinal strength (24%) and apparent in-plane shear strength (26%), albeit with a reduction in elastic modulus (26%), shear chord modulus (22%) and yield strength (26%).
- polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
- mechanical properties
- Non-linear behaviour