Effect of volume fiber and crack length on interlaminar fracture properties of glass fiber reinforced polyester composites (GF/PO composites)

N. Mahmoudi


Double-cantilever beam (DCB) specimens are widely used to measure the mode I critical-energy release rate GIc of glass-fiber reinforced polyester composites (GF/PO composites). It showed GIc varied significantly during crack propagation. GIc of GF/PO composites are higher than that of the pure polyester (PP) resin because of the additional force required to fracture fiber bridging in GF/PO compos-ites. Comparative DCB tests were carried out to demon-strate the occurrence of fiber bridging. GIc varied markedly and were much dispersed, which would induce little varia-tion when initial crack length was 40 mm. The fracture characteristics were analyzed by scanning electron micro-scope.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.mech.20.2.6934


Mode I (DCB); glass-fiber; fracture

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