Online from: 2010
Subject Area: Mechanical & Materials Engineering
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|Title:||Evaluation of structural integrity and mechanical behavior of advanced FRP composites|
|Author(s):||S. Sethi, (Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India), B.C. Ray, (Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India)|
|Citation:||S. Sethi, B.C. Ray, (2011) "Evaluation of structural integrity and mechanical behavior of advanced FRP composites", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 2 Iss: 2, pp.214 - 222|
|Keywords:||Composite materials, Polymers, Structural integrity, Thermal testing|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17579861111135941 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze microstructural integrity at the interface and consequent implicating effect on mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced polymer composites.
Design/methodology/approach – In the light of Fourier transform infrared spectroscope (FTIR imaging) and temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimeter, a sorption mechanism was established. Thermal spike and thermal shock treatment was carried out at 150 and 80°C, respectively. This suggested that fiber/matrix adhesion rests on the structure and properties of both the fiber and matrix in the region near the interface during the hygrothermal treatment.
Findings – The carbon surface was found to selectively absorb the tertiary amine catalyst and to modify the chemical state of the cured resin apparently through the effects of absorbed water. The higher values of glass transition temperature (Tg) resulted in longer immersion time and higher exposure temperature. Together, these techniques provide a comprehensive picture of chemical and physical changes at the interphase region. Thermal spike of hybrid composite at 150°C temperature might possibly improve the adhesion level at the interface. Whereas, in case of thermal shock treatment at 80°C the fall in inter-laminar shear strength value at higher number of cycles. This degradation of the interface region has been monitored by scanning electron microscope analysis.
Originality/value – The reported data are based on experimental investigation.
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