Abstract This paper addresses the effect of temperature on the mixed-mode interlaminar fracture toughness and fatigue delamination growth rate of a carbon-fibre/epoxy material, namely IM7/8552. Quasi-static and fatigue characterisation tests were carried out at -50 °C, 20 °C, 50 °C and 80 °C, using asymmetric cut-ply coupons. The experimental results show that temperature may have an accelerating or delaying effect on delamination growth, depending on the loading regime, i.e. either quasi-static or fatigue. Fractographic examinations were also carried out in order to assist the interpretation of the experimental data. A semi-empirical equation is introduced to describe the experimentally observed fatigue delamination growth rates at elevated temperatures.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Jul 2015|
- Composites UTC
- B. Delamination
- B. Fatigue
- Mixed mode I/II