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  1. Radiation curing of carbon fibre composites

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    Epoxy/carbon fibre reinforced composites were produced by means of e-beam irradiation through a pulsed 10 MeV electron beam accelerator. The matrix consisted of a difunctional epoxy monomer (DGEBA) and an initiator of cationic polymerisation, while the reinforcement was a unidirectional high modulus carbon fibre fabric. Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis was carried out in order to determine the cross-linking degree. The analysis pointed out a nonuniformity in the cross-linking degree of the e-beam cured panels, with the formation of clusters at low Tg (glass transition temperature) and clusters at high Tg. An out-of-mould post irradiation thermal treatment on e-beam cured samples provides a higher uniformity in the network although some slight degradation effects. Mode I delamination fracture toughness and Interlaminar Shear Strength (ISS) were also investigated by means of Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) and Short Beam Shear tests, respectively. Results from this mechanical characterisation allowed to correlate fracture toughness of the bulk matrix resin, cross-linking density and fibre/matrix interaction to the delamination fracture behaviour of the fibre reinforced material. - Highligths: • Epoxy/carbon fibre composites were produced by means of e-beam irradiation. • DMTA analysis pointed out a nonuniformity in the cross-linking degree of the material. • An out-of-mould post irradiation thermal treatment allows a higher uniformity. • Mechanical tests were interpreted on the basis of the cross-linking density and fibre/matrix interaction

  2. Microwave absorbing properties of activated carbon fibre polymer composites

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    Tianchun Zou; Naiqin Zhao; Chunsheng Shi; Jiajun Li

    2011-02-01

    Microwave absorption of composites containing activated carbon fibres (ACFs) was investigated. The results show that the absorptivity greatly depends on increasing ACF content in the absorbing layer, first increasing and then decreasing. When the content is 0.76 wt.%, the bandwidth below −10dB is 12.2 GHz. Comparing the absorption characteristics of the ACF composite with one containing unactivated fibres, it is found that carbon fibre activation increases the absorption of the composite.

  3. Dynamic damage in carbon-fibre composites.

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    Bourne, N K; Parry, S; Townsend, D; Withers, P J; Soutis, C; Frias, C

    2016-07-13

    The Taylor test is used to determine damage evolution in carbon-fibre composites across a range of strain rates. The hierarchy of damage across the scales is key in determining the suite of operating mechanisms and high-speed diagnostics are used to determine states during dynamic loading. Experiments record the test response as a function of the orientation of the cylinder cut from the engineered multi-ply composite with high-speed photography and post-mortem target examination. The ensuing damage occurs during the shock compression phase but three other tensile loading modes operate during the test and these are explored. Experiment has shown that ply orientations respond to two components of release; longitudinal and radial as well as the hoop stresses generated in inelastic flow at the impact surface. The test is a discriminant not only of damage thresholds but of local failure modes and their kinetics. This article is part of the themed issue 'Multiscale modelling of the structural integrity of composite materials'. PMID:27242311

  4. Adhesive bonding of discontinuous carbon fibre composites: an experimental investigation

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    Nicholls, Tristan Kit

    2013-01-01

    The excellent specific stiffness and strength of carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites means that the automotive sector has been investigating methods of implementing these materials into structurally demanding applications. The work detailed within this thesis supports ongoing research at the University of Nottingham into the automated manufacture of discontinuous carbon fibre reinforced polymer composite materials. Advances in the automation of composites manufacturing has meant that m...

  5. Percolation Effects In Electrical Conductivity Of Carbon Fibre Composites

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    Chippendale, Richard; Golosnoy, Igor O

    2011-01-01

    The effects due to percolation on the bulk electrical conductivity of Carbon Fibre Composites are studied in detail. To simulate the CFCs manufacturing process the fibres are placed randomly in the polymer matrix using Monte Carlo based simulation techniques. The electric conductivity of the CFCs was then analysed using finite element modelling.

  6. Raman Spectroscopic Studies of Carbon Nanotube Composite Fibres

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    Deng, Libo

    2011-01-01

    The project has been concerned with structure/property relationships in a series of different carbon nanotube (CNT) composite fibres. Raman spectroscopy has been proved to be a powerful technique to characterise the CNT-containing fibres. Electrospinning has been used to prepare poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanofibres containing single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). The effect of the processing conditions including the polymer concentration, electric voltage, tip-to-collector distance, nanotube ...

  7. Effects of fibre content on mechanical properties and fracture behaviour of short carbon fibre reinforced geopolymer matrix composites

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    Tiesong Lin; Dechang Jia; Meirong Wang; Peigang He; Defu Liang

    2009-02-01

    Geopolymer matrix composites reinforced with different volume fractions of short carbon fibres (Cf/geopolymer composites) were prepared and the mechanical properties, fracture behaviour and microstructure of as-prepared composites were studied and correlated with fibre content. The results show that short carbon fibres have a great strengthening and toughening effect at low volume percentages of fibres (3.5 and 4.5 vol.%). With the increase of fibre content, the strengthening and toughening effect of short carbon fibres reduce, possibly due to fibre damage, formation of high shear stresses at intersect between fibres and strong interface cohesion of fibre/matrix under higher forming pressure. The property improvements are primarily based on the network structure of short carbon fibre preform and the predominant strengthening and toughening mechanisms are attributed to the apparent fibre bridging and pulling-out effect.

  8. Compression properties of novel thermoplastic carbon fibre and poly-ethylene terephthalate fibre composite lattice structures

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    Highlights: • An efficient manufacturing route to produce a thermoplastic lattice is presented. • The influence of core geometry on the mechanical properties have been investigated. • Thermoplastic carbon fibre structures show competitive mechanical performance. • Thermoplastic single polymer structures show better performance than foams. • Single polymer lattice cores have good recyclability and energy absorption. - Abstract: A novel manufacturing route to efficiently produce fibre composite lattice structures has been developed. By using thermoplastic composite materials, flat sheets have been continuously folded, cut into a lattice shape and joined into a sandwich structure. Carbon fibre reinforced poly-ethylene terephthalate (CPET) and poly-ethylene terephthalate fibre reinforced poly-ethylene terephthalate (SrPET) materials have been used to explore two different core options; a carbon fibre option which gives high performance but low recyclability and a single polymer PET option which gives lower performance but full recyclability. Parametric numerical simulations have been used to investigate how the various manufacturing parameters affect the mechanical performance of the core. The carbon fibre composite cores have mechanical performance on-par or better than existing metallic and composite lattice cores presented in literature. Single polymer PET cores show better performance compared to high-end foam cores but have considerable lower performance than carbon fibre lattice cores

  9. Electron beam processing of carbon fibre reinforced braided composites

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    The possibility of producing a new type carbon fibre reinforced composite profile has been examined by applying braiding, a well-known process of textile technology. Pipe and hollow profile composite products can be manufactured this way by applying Electron Beam curing. The fabric-like braided reinforcing structure was manufactured out of Hungarian-made carbon fibre roving of 48,000 elementary fibres. The mutual irradiation of the system impregnated with epoxy-acrylate oligomer by 8 MeV EB resulted in better mechanical properties then conventional chemical curing. Owing to its low density and high specific strength this new composite product can possibly be applied in dynamically loaded structures e.g. in the automotive industry

  10. Analysis of composition and microstructural uniformity of hybrid glass/carbon fibre composites

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    Beauson, Justine; Markussen, Christen Malte; Madsen, Bo

    2013-01-01

    level are investigated. The different levels of compositions in the composites are defined and experimentally determined. The composite volume fractions are determined using an image analysis based procedure. The global fibre volume fractions are determined using a gravimetrical based method. The local......In hybrid fibre composites, the intermixing of the two types of fibres imposes challenges to obtain materials with a well-defined and uniform microstructure. In the present paper, the composition and the microstructural uniformity of hybrid glass/carbon fibre composites mixed at the fibre bundle...... fibre volume fractions are determined using volumetric calculations. A model is presented to predict the interrelation of volume fractions in hybrid fibre composites. The microstructural uniformity of the composites is analysed by the determined variation in composite volume fractions. Two analytical...

  11. Advanced thermoplastic carbon fibre reinforced pultruded composites

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    Novo, P. J.; Silva, J F; Nunes, J. P.; MARQUES, A. T.

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this work is to optimize the production of new continuous carbon fibers reinforced thermoplastic matrix pre-impregnated materials (towpregs) continuously processed by dry deposition of polymer powders in a new equipment developed by the Institute for Polymers and Composites (IPC). The processing of the produced towpregs by pultrusion, in a developed prototype equipment existing in the Engineering School of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP), was also optimized. Two differ...

  12. Effect of fibre coating and geometry on the tensile properties of hybrid carbon nanotube coated carbon fibre reinforced composite

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    Highlights: • Growth of CNT on carbon fibre (CF) was conducted via floating catalyst CVD process. • CNT-coated CF reinforced polypropylene composites were fabricated and characterized. • Theoretical prediction of composite tensile properties was conducted via mathematical approach. • Acceptable validation was found between experimental and estimated tensile properties. - Abstract: Hierarchically structured hybrid composites are ideal engineered materials to carry loads and stresses due to their high in-plane specific mechanical properties. Growing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the surface of high performance carbon fibres (CFs) provides a means to tailor the mechanical properties of the fibre–resin interface of a composite. The growth of CNT on CF was conducted via floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The mechanical properties of the resultant fibres, carbon nanotube (CNT) density and alignment morphology were shown to depend on the CNT growth temperature, growth time, carrier gas flow rate, catalyst amount, and atmospheric conditions within the CVD chamber. Carbon nanotube coated carbon fibre reinforced polypropylene (CNT-CF/PP) composites were fabricated and characterized. A combination of Halpin–Tsai equations, Voigt–Reuss model, rule of mixture and Krenchel approach were used in hierarchy to predict the mechanical properties of randomly oriented short fibre reinforced composite. A fractographic analysis was carried out in which the fibre orientation distribution has been analyzed on the composite fracture surfaces with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and image processing software. Finally, the discrepancies between the predicted and experimental values are explained

  13. Carbon fibre composite for ventilation air methane (VAM) capture

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    Coal mine methane (CMM) is not only a hazardous greenhouse gas but is also a wasted energy resource, if not utilised. This paper evaluates a novel adsorbent material developed for capturing methane from ventilation air methane (VAM) gas in underground coal mines. The adsorbent material is a honeycomb monolithic carbon fibre composite (HMCFC) consisting of multiple parallel flow-through channels and the material exhibits unique features including low pressure drop, good mechanical properties, ability to handle dust-containing gas streams, good thermal and electrical conductivity and selective adsorption of gases. During this study, a series of HMCFC adsorbents (using different types of carbon fibres) were successfully fabricated. Experimental data demonstrated the proof-of-concept of using the HMCFC adsorbent to capture methane from VAM gas. The adsorption capacity of the HMCFC adsorbent was twice that of commercial activated carbon. Methane concentration of 0.56% in the inlet VAM gas stream is reduced to about 0.011% after it passes through the novel carbon fibre composite adsorbent material at ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure. This amounts to a maximum capture efficiency of 98%. These encouraging laboratory scale studies have prompted further large scale trials and economic assessment.

  14. Multifunctional Carbon Fibre Flat Tape for Composites

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    Koncherry, Vivek

    2014-01-01

    Recently, there has been a significant growth in the use of composites in sectors such as automotive, aerospace and wind energy. Composites are traditionally designed for mechanical performance in terms of strength, stiffness and impact energy absorption; however multifunctionality has become the focus of researchers and designers in recent years. Multifunctional design of composites involve adding functionality such as thermal management, radiation shielding, stealth, structural health monit...

  15. The carbon fibre market and uses for composite wind blades

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    Lowe, J.R. [Tenax Fibers Gmbh and Co. KG, Wuppertal (Germany)

    1996-09-01

    Due to its excellent fatigue properties, low weight and high stiffness, carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) is the ideal material to use for the manufacture of wind blades. The present use of CFRP in the wind energy sector however is very low in comparison to glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) materials. The main reason for this low use of CFRP is cost since at present times carbon fibre is valued ten times as much as glass fibre. This paper introduces carbon fibre as an alternative material to glass and examines the use of CFRP components in other high fatigue applications. (au)

  16. The effect of surface treatment on the interfacial properties in carbon fibre/epoxy matrix composites

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    Bogoeva-Gaceva, Gordana; Janevski, Aco; Dekanski, Aleksandar; D. BUREVSKI

    1995-01-01

    Carbon fibres with different degrees of surface oxidation, as well as epoxy-sized fibres, were used to prepare epoxy composites in order to compare the effects of the fibres surface chemistry on the interfacial properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, water vapour adsorption measurements and contact angle examination were applied to characterize the carbon fibre surfaces. A correlation was found between the content of primary adsorption sites on the fibre surface and interlaminar shear s...

  17. Experimental and numerical studies on the sensitivity of carbon fibre/silicone rubber composite sensors

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    Flexible conductive composite sensors are of great importance for applications in structural monitoring due to their low cost, high durability and excellent compatibility. In this work, carbon fibre/silicone rubber composites were prepared and their sensitivity near the percolation threshold was investigated experimentally and theoretically. Results show that carbon fibre/silicone rubber composites have great mechanical and sensitivity even under high strain conditions. Two models based on the tunnelling effect and general effective medium theory were found to understand the sensitivity of composites with lower and higher fractions of carbon fibre. Moreover, the reversibility of the sensing performance is improved with the increase of carbon fibre addition. (paper)

  18. Microwave heating as a means for carbon fibre recovery from polymer composites: a technical feasibility study

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    Carbon fibre composites with an epoxy resin matrix were subjected to microwave-heating experiments in order to volatilise the polymer content and to produce clean fibres for potential reuse in high-grade applications. The composites were processed at 3 kW for 8 s in a multimode microwave applicator. The recovered fibres were characterised by tensile tests and electron microscopy. The results compare favourably with virgin fibre properties

  19. The application of transient thermography for the thermal characterisation of carbon fibre/epoxy composites

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    G. Wróbel

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Primary purpose of the present experimental study was to evaluate the local fibre content in carbon fibre/epoxy composites using transient thermography.Design/methodology/approach: The experiments have been performed using transient thermography to obtain the thermograms for carbon/epoxy specimens with different carbon fibre content. From obtained thermograms the thermal diffusivity values were determined and compared for each specimen and correlated with carbon content. The composites were two times tested using two different heating conditions to check the conformity of determined diffusivity values.Findings: It was found from obtained results that composites with different carbon fibre content had different values of thermal diffusivity, indicating that transient thermography can be considered as a non-destructive testing method for fiber content evaluation in CFRP composites.Research limitations/implications: Developed empirical formula is not universal for any other fibre reinforced polymer composite, so different relationships should be determined for different composites.Practical implications: The results obtained from present experiment would be of great importance in the industrial applications to obtain first estimate of carbon fibre content in fibre reinforced composite materials.Originality/value: The originality of present investigation is in application of transient thermography for local fibre content evaluation in polymer composite materials. The method should be of interest for the industrial quality control applications and is of great importance for composite products with high failure-free requirements.

  20. Short and long carbon fibre reinforced Cu-matrix composites: microstructural results and structural origin of properties

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    Carbon fibre reinforced copper matrix composites possess properties of copper, i.e. excellent thermal and electrical conductivities, and properties of carbon fibre, i.e. a small thermal expansion coefficient. Since the desirable properties of the composite can be obtained by selecting the amount, type and orientation of the carbon fibres, it is considered to be suitable for use as electric and electronic materials. This lecture focuses on two-dimensional isotropic carbon fibre reinforced copper matrix composites with long or short carbon fibres. Short carbon fibre reinforced copper matrix composites have been produced by hot-pressing of copper coated short carbon fibres. During hot-pressing, the carbon fibres take on a preferred orientation in a plane perpendicular to the hot pressing direction. Within this plane the fibre orientation is random. Long carbon fibre reinforced copper matrix composites have been made by hot pressing of monolayers consisting of copper coated long carbon fibres. Different orientations of the monolayers will be compared. Both the physical and mechanical properties of the discussed composites are strongly influenced not only by the properties of its individual constituents, but also by the microstructure and properties of the fibre matrix interface. The problem of poor wettability of the carbon fibre by the copper matrix will be discussed. The microstructure of several types of carbon fibre reinforced copper matrix composites will be discussed. Their thermophysical properties will be compared with microstructural results. (author)

  1. Synthesis of unsaturated polyesters for improved interfacial strength in carbon fibre composites

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    Gamstedt, E.K.; Skrifvars, M.; Jacobsen, T. K.;

    2002-01-01

    Carbon fibres are gaining use as reinforcement in glass fibre/polyester composites for increased stiffness as a hybrid composite. The mechanics and chemistry of the carbon fibre–polyester interface should be addressed to achieve an improvement also in fatigue performance and off-axis strength. To...... make better use of the versatility of unsaturated polyesters in a carbon fibre composite, a set of unsaturated polyester resins have been synthesized with different ratios of maleic anhydride, o-phthalic anhydride and 1,2-propylene glycol as precursors. The effective interfacial strength was determined...... by micro-Raman spectroscopy of a single-fibre composite tested in tension. The interfacial shear strength with untreated carbon fibres increased with increasing degree of unsaturation of the polyester, which is controlled by the relative amount of maleic anhydride. This can be explained by a...

  2. Laser-generated ultrasound with optical fibres using functionalised carbon nanotube composite coatings

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    Colchester, Richard J.; Mosse, Charles A.; Bhachu, Davinder S.; Bear, Joseph C.; Carmalt, Claire J.; Parkin, Ivan P.; Treeby, Bradley E.; Papakonstantinou, Ioannis; Desjardins, Adrien E.

    2014-04-01

    Optical ultrasound transducers were created by coating optical fibres with a composite of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Dissolution of CNTs in PDMS to create the composite was facilitated by functionalisation with oleylamine. Composite surfaces were applied to optical fibres using dip coating. Under pulsed laser excitation, ultrasound pressures of 3.6 MPa and 4.5 MPa at the coated end faces were achieved with optical fibre core diameters of 105 and 200 μm, respectively. The results indicate that CNT-PDMS composite coatings on optical fibres could be viable alternatives to electrical ultrasound transducers in miniature ultrasound imaging probes.

  3. Recycling of carbon fibre reinforced composites using water in subcritical conditions

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    In this paper, a method of chemical recycling of thermosetting epoxy composite was discussed. Water was used to be reaction medium and the decomposition of carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composites was studied. Experiments were devised in order to identify the significant process parameters that affect fibre reinforced composite recovery potential including temperature, time, catalyst, feedstock, and pressure. Experiments were performed in a batch-type reactor without stirring. Under the condition that the temperature was 260 deg. C and the ratio of resin and water was 1:5 g/mL, the decomposition rate could reach 100 wt.% and the carbon fibres were obtained. The results from the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) measurements showed that the fibres were clean and no cracks or defects were found. The average tensile strength of the reclaimed fibres was about 98.2% than that of the virgin fibres.

  4. Pseudo-ductility in intermingled carbon/glass hybrid composites with highly aligned discontinuous fibres

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    Yu, Hana; Longana, Marco L; Jalalvand, Meisam; WISNOM, Michael R.; Potter, Kevin D

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this research is to manufacture intermingled hybrid composites using aligned discontinuous fibres to achieve pseudo-ductility. Hybrid composites, made with different types of fibres that provide a balanced suite of modulus, strength and ductility, allow avoiding catastrophic failure that is a key limitation of composites. Two different material combinations of high strength carbon/E-glass and high modulus carbon/E-glass were selected. Several highly aligned and well dispersed short...

  5. Development of textile-reinforced carbon fibre aluminium composites manufactured with gas pressure infiltration methods

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    W. Hufenbach; Gude, M.; A. Czulak; J. Śleziona; A. Dolata-Grosz; M. Dyzia

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of his paper is to show potential of textile-reinforced carbon fibre aluminium composite with advantage of the lightweight construction of structural components subjected to thermo-mechanical stress.Design/methodology/approach: The manufacture of specimens of the carbon fibre-reinforced aluminium was realised with the aid of an advanced differential gas pressure infiltration technique, which was developed at ILK, TU Dresden.Findings: The gas pressure infiltration technology e...

  6. Reduction of preferential erosion of carbon fibre composites under intense transient heat pulses

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    Two fusion-relevant carbon fibre composites (CFCs), NB31 (3D) and DMS704 (2D), have been thermally exposed in five different orientations to simulate transient events (disruptions and ELMs). In these experiments with intense transient heat pulses in the electron beam JUDITH and the ion beam facility RHEPP-1, CFCs showed a preferential erosion of the fibre bundles aligned in the surface-plane. This phenomenon also occurred when these fibre bundles were the ones with the highest thermal conductivity. First results show that reduction of the number of fibres aligned parallel to the surface-plane strongly contributes to limiting the preferential erosion by fibre segment ejection (brittle destruction) in CFCs. Strong mechanical attachment is essential to avoid fibre segment ejection during disruption. The selection of an optimum material orientation of the available CFCs is of relevant importance and will be further investigated

  7. Preparation of PCL/glass fibre and PCL/carbon fibre composites by γ rays irradiation and their biodegradability

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    A new biodegradable polymer coating fibre cloth composites has been achieved by γ rays irradiation. The mechanical properties (Bending Strength and bending Modulus) of poly (ε-caprolactone), PCL/carbon or glass fibre composites were investigated. γ rays irradiation improved the mechanical properties of composites due to the formation of gel by crosslinking. PCL/glass fibre cloth reinforced composites by irradiation at supercooled state in vacuum with increasing dose up to 270 kGy, the composites gave higher bending strength of 1.5 times and bending modulus of 1.35 times compared with unirradiated composites. PCL in composites degraded by microorganisms in soil burial test and enzymatic degradation test. The degradation led to a weight loss. During enzymatic degradation test, after 23 h immersion there were a 100% PCL weight loss for the unirradiated composite and 54% PCL weight loss for the irradiated composite. Weight loss of PCL gradually increases with increasing burial time. After 12 weeks in burial time, weight loss of 30% PCL was achieved for the uncrosslinked composite, while, for crosslinked composite (gel content 69%), weight loss of 20% was achieved

  8. High Power Q-Switched Thulium Doped Fibre Laser using Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composite Saturable Absorber.

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    Chernysheva, Maria; Mou, Chengbo; Arif, Raz; AlAraimi, Mohammed; Rümmeli, Mark; Turitsyn, Sergei; Rozhin, Aleksey

    2016-01-01

    We have proposed and demonstrated a Q-switched Thulium doped fibre laser (TDFL) with a 'Yin-Yang' all-fibre cavity scheme based on a combination of nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) and nonlinear amplified loop mirror (NALM). Unidirectional lasing operation has been achieved without any intracavity isolator. By using a carbon nanotube polymer composite based saturable absorber (SA), we demonstrated the laser output power of ~197 mW and pulse energy of 1.7 μJ. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest output power from a nanotube polymer composite SA based Q-switched Thulium doped fibre laser. PMID:27063511

  9. High Power Q-Switched Thulium Doped Fibre Laser using Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composite Saturable Absorber

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    Chernysheva, Maria; Mou, Chengbo; Arif, Raz; Alaraimi, Mohammed; Rümmeli, Mark; Turitsyn, Sergei; Rozhin, Aleksey

    2016-04-01

    We have proposed and demonstrated a Q-switched Thulium doped fibre laser (TDFL) with a ‘Yin-Yang’ all-fibre cavity scheme based on a combination of nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) and nonlinear amplified loop mirror (NALM). Unidirectional lasing operation has been achieved without any intracavity isolator. By using a carbon nanotube polymer composite based saturable absorber (SA), we demonstrated the laser output power of ~197 mW and pulse energy of 1.7 μJ. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest output power from a nanotube polymer composite SA based Q-switched Thulium doped fibre laser.

  10. Electrochemical characteristics of a carbon fibre composite and the associated galvanic effects with aluminium alloys

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    Highlights: • Exposed carbon fibres on two defined regions (“front” and “side”) are a focus of the investigation in NaCl electrolyte. • The exposed carbon fibres on the side and front regions are responsible for a high cathodic current density. • The NaCl + CuSO4 electrolyte was used to investigate the cathodic polarization behaviour of the exposed carbon fibres. • Galvanic coupling behaviour between the composite and aluminium alloys (AA7075-T6 and AA1050) was measured in NaCl electrolyte. • The higher galvanic current density measured on AA1050 alloy introduced a higher dissolution rate than the AA7075-T6 alloy. - Abstract: The electrochemical behaviour of a carbon fibre reinforced epoxy matrix composite in 3.5% NaCl and 3.5% NaCl + 0.5 M CuSO4 electrolytes was examined by potentiodynamic polarisation, potentiostatic polarisation and scanning electron microscopy. Exposed carbon fibres on two defined regions (“front” and “side”) are a focus of the investigation. The large size of the exposed carbon fibres on the side region is responsible for a higher cathodic current density than the front region in the NaCl electrolyte. The deposition of copper on the front surface of composite confirmed that the significantly higher cathodic current resulted from the exposure of the fibres to the NaCl electrolyte. Galvanic coupling between the composite and individual aluminium alloys (AA7075-T6 and AA1050) was used to measure galvanic potentials and galvanic current densities. The highly alloyed AA7075-T6 alloy and its high population density of cathodic sites compared to the AA1050 acted to reduce the galvanic effect when coupled to the composite front or side regions

  11. Investigations on d.c. conductivity behaviour of milled carbon fibre reinforced epoxy graded composites

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    Navin Chand; Archana Nigrawal

    2008-08-01

    This paper reports the d.c. conductivity behaviour of milled carbon fibre reinforced polysulphide modified epoxy gradient composites. Milled carbon fibre reinforced composites having 3 vol. % of milled carbon fibre and poly sulphide modified epoxy resin have been developed. D.C. conductivity measurements are conducted on the graded composites by using an Electrometer in the temperature range from 26°C to 150°C. D.C. conductivity increases with the increase of distance in the direction of centrifugal force, which shows the formation of graded structure with the composites. D.C. conductivity increases on increase of milled carbon fibre content from 0.45 to 1.66 vol.%. At 50°C, d.c. conductivity values were 1.85 × 10-11, 1.08 × 10-11 and 2.16 × 10-12 for samples 1, 2 and 3, respectively. The activation energy values for different composite samples 1, 2 and 3 are 0.489, 0.565 and 0.654 eV, respectively which shows decrease in activation energy with increase of fibre content.

  12. Processing, structure and flexural strength of CNT and carbon fibre reinforced, epoxy-matrix hybrid composite

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    K Chandra Shekar; M Sai Priya; P K Subramanian; Anil Kumar; B Anjaneya Prasad; N Eswara Prasad

    2014-05-01

    Advanced materials such as continuous fibre-reinforced polymer matrix composites offer significant enhancements in variety of properties, as compared to their bulk, monolithic counterparts. These properties include primarily the tensile stress, flexural stress and fracture parameters. However, till date, there are hardly any scientific studies reported on carbon fibre (Cf) and carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced hybrid epoxy matrix composites (unidirectional). The present work is an attempt to bring out the flexural strength properties along with a detailed investigation in the synthesis of reinforced hybrid composite. In this present study, the importance of alignment of fibre is comprehensively evaluated and reported. The results obtained are discussed in terms of material characteristics, microstructure and mode of failure under flexural (3-point bend) loading. The study reveals the material exhibiting exceptionally high strength values and declaring itself as a material with high strength to weight ratio when compared to other competing polymer matrix composites (PMCs); as a novel structural material for aeronautical and aerospace applications.

  13. INFLUENCE OF THERMAL CYCLING ON MICROSTRUCTURE AND THERMAL EXPANSION OF CARBON FIBRES/COPPER COMPOSITES

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    Pavol Štefánik

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of copper matrix reinforced by high modulus carbon fibres (Thornel K1100 as well as the microstructure and dilatation changes during thermocycling is presented.Unidirectional composites with two types of matrix - pure copper and/or copper alloy with 0.2 wt. % of chromium - were thermally cycled between 30-600 °C three times.The composite with pure Cu exhibited larger voids and weak interfacial bonding. Due to the chemical reaction with K1100 fibres a reactive interfacial bonding has been formed. During thermocycling the hysteresis, but no large disintegration was observed. The coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs strongly depend on fibre orientation. In direction parallel to the fibre orientation in the temperature range of 220-500°C CTEs were very low (0.7-1.0x10-6/K, but in perpendicular direction the CTEs were higher than that of pure copper.

  14. The use of lateral gauges in the assessment of shear strength in a carbon fibre composite

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    Laterally orientated manganin stress gauges have been used to obtain strength measurements in multiple materials, most commonly polymers and metals. Composites such as carbon fibre provide an interesting challenge for lateral gauges, as any long range order within the composite will be broken up by the inclusion of the gauge. This study has investigated the shear strength of multiple orientations of a carbon fibre composite (TWCP) which has then been compared with the matrix material. The Hugoniot elastic limit of the 90° fibre weave TWCP composite was 2.27±0.25 GPa, compared to 1.53±0.20 GPa found for the fibre weave orientated at 0° with respect to the shock front. The lateral stress in both orientations however, was found to be the same, at a given particle velocity. This implies that either the matrix material dominates the lateral stress behaviour of this composite, or laterally orientated gauges are too intrusive and break up any long range order of the fibre weave. Further work utilising other strength assessment techniques will be employed to fully validate these experimental results.

  15. Electron beam processing of carbon fibre reinforced braided composites beams

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    Complete text of publication follows. In this paper the possibility of producing a new type carbon fiber reinforced composite is examined by applying braiding, a well-known process of textile technology. The appearance of the new Hungarian carbon fiber with excellent mechanical properties in the market enables the development of newer type carbon fiber reinforced composites in the continuously widening range of engineering applications. Advanced hollow profiles, pipes and other composite products can be manufactured in continuous operation. A new way of composite production of this kind is the manufacturing of reinforcing structure by braiding technology producing a composite with sufficient mechanical properties from this cross directional fabric-like textile structure by impregnation. This manufacturing process can complete the variety of hollow products serving the same purpose as pultrusion or filament winding. This way a profile type framework element with a hollow cross section is manufactured having favorable mechanical properties. Owing to its small mass and high specific strength this product can be applied in dynamically loaded structures e.g. in the automotive industry. For crosslinking of the matrix the method of high-speed electron beam curing has been examined in order to reach continuous operation. The field of use and application of carbon fiber braided structures has a great chance especially in machine engineering and in the automotive industry. The main reason for this is that braiding processes are capable of producing structures having good mechanical properties at a low processing price. The mass of the composite load-bearing structure produced this way is one fifth of the steel product having similar geometry, and its specific mechanical properties are nearly as good as that of the most commonly applied semiproduct and structural component, the welded steel profile

  16. Interaction of small hydrocarbon ions and Ar(+) with carbon-fibre-composite surfaces at room temperature

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    Keim, A.; Rasul, B.; Endstrasser, N.; Scheier, P.; Märk, T. D.; Herman, Zdeněk

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 306, 2-3 (2011), s. 204-209. ISSN 1387-3806 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : ion-surface collisions * Ar+ and hydrocarbon ions * carbon-fibre-composite surface Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.549, year: 2011

  17. Effect of carbon fibre on properties of TiB2/C composite cathode coating for aluminum electrolysis

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    LI Jie; L(U) Xiao-jun; LAI Yan-qing; LI Qing-yu; TIAN Zhong-liang; FANG Zhao

    2008-01-01

    The tensile strength, compressive strength and electrical resistivity of TiB2/C composite cathode coating were measured with a hydraulic pressure universal test machine and an electrical resistivity test device, and the effects of carbon fibre content and carbon fibre length on tensile strength, compressive strength and electrical resistivity were investigated. The results show that the tensile strength of coating increases at the beginning and then reduces with the increase of carbon fibre content when the carbon fibre (length of 3 mm) content ranges from 0 to 4.0%; at the carbon fibre content of 1.5%, the tensile strength of coating reaches the maximum, 25.6 MPa. For the coating with carbon fibre content of 1.5%, the carbon fibre length has a great influence on tensile strength and compressive strength of coating; when the carbon fibre length is 6 mm, the tensile strength and compressive strength of coating reach the maximum, 27.6 MPa and 39.2 MPa, respectively. The electrical resistivity of coating reduces with the rise of temperature and the length of carbon fibre, and the influence of carbon fibre length on electrical resistivity of coating at low temperature (30-200℃) is more obvious than that at high temperature (960℃).

  18. Physical and mechanical characterization of radiation-curable carbon fibre composites

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    Radiation processing is the utilization of ionizing radiation, usually photons or electron beams, to produce useful physical and chemical changes in a material. A potential application for electron beam processing for composite manufacturing is for curing carbon fibre prepregs. These prepregs, carbon fibres or fabrics preimpregnated with liquid polymer resin, are commonly used in many industries, including aircraft and aerospace, automotive, electronics, construction and various commercial products. The objective of this experimental program is to design and manufacture a radiation-curable polymer-carbon fibre prepreg that meets the typical mechanical and physical property specifications set by the aircraft industry. This paper describes our current work in the design, manufacture and characterization of radiation-curable prepregs

  19. Thermo-mechanical correlations to erosion performance of short carbon fibre reinforced vinyl ester resin composites

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    Research highlights: → Composite with 30 wt.% of short carbon fibres exhibit highest energy dissipation. → Optimum erosion resistance conditions have been found. → A direct correlation emerged between erosive wear rate and loss-modulus inverse. → Mechanistic equivalence between erosion and dynamic loading modes is established. -- Abstract: Thermo-mechanical properties and erosion performance of short carbon fibre reinforced vinyl ester resin based isotropic polymer composites with four different fibre weight fractions have been investigated. The storage, loss and damping characteristics were analysed to assess the energy absorption/viscous recoverable energy dissipation and reinforcement efficiency of the composites as a function of fibre content in the temperature range of 0-140 oC. The composite with 30 wt.% of short carbon fibres has been observed to exhibit superior thermo-mechanical response with highest energy dissipation/damping ability accompanied with a constant storage modulus without any substantial decay till 60 oC. The erosion rates (Er) of these composites are evaluated at different impingement angles (30-90o), fibre loadings (20-50 wt.%), impact velocities (43-76 m/s), stand-off distances (55-85 mm) and erodent sizes (250-600 μm) following the erosion test schedule in an air jet type test rig. An optimal parameter combination is determined and subsequently validated for erosion rate minimization following Taguchi method and by conducting confirmation experiments. A correlation between the loss-modulus inverse and the erosion rate has been observed which conceptually establishes a possible mechanistic equivalence between erosion and dynamic mechanical loading modes. The morphologies of eroded surface are examined by the scanning electron microscopy to investigate the nature of wear-craters, material damage mode and other qualitative attributes responsible for promoting erosion.

  20. Impact of electrochemical cycling on the tensile properties of carbon fibres for structural lithium-ion composite batteries

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    Jacques, Eric; Kjell, Maria H.; Zenkert, Dan; Lindbergh, Göran; Behm, Mårten; Willgert, Markus

    2012-01-01

    Carbon fibres are particularly well suited for use in a multifunctional lightweight design of a structural composite material able to store energy as a lithium-ion battery. The fibres will in this case act as both a high performance structural reinforcement and one of the battery electrodes. However, the electrochemical cycling consists of insertions and extractions of lithium ions in the microstructure of carbon fibres and its impact on the mechanical performance is unknown. This study inves...

  1. A Review of the Radio Frequency Non-destructive Testing for Carbon-fibre Composites

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    Li Zhen; Meng Zhaozong

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to review recent research on the applications of existing non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques, especially radio frequency (RF) NDT, for carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) composites. Electromagnetic properties of CFRP composites that are associated with RF NDT are discussed first. The anisotropic characteristic of the conductivity and the relationship between the penetration depth and conductivity should be paid much attention. Then, the well-established...

  2. Evaluation of impact damage effect on fatigue life of carbon fibre composites

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    Kytýř, D.; Fíla, T.; Valach, Jaroslav; Šperl, Martin

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 75, č. 2 (2013), s. 157-164. ISSN 1454-2358 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/12/0824 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : carbon fibre composites * impact damage * material degradation Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials http://www.scientificbulletin.upb.ro/SeriaD_-_Inginerie_Mecanica.php?page=revistaonline&a=2&arh_an=2013&arh_ser=D&arh_nr=2

  3. Investigation of Effect of Carbon Fibres on the Mechanical Properties of the Hybrid Composite Laminate

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    Vidyashankar B V

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work Fabric made of woven carbon, glass along with epoxy resins are used to make composite laminate. Average resin fraction on weight basis after curing was 45%. The different types of specimens are prepared with variable percentage of carbon fibres. The mechanical tests such as Tensile test, compression test, flexural test and impact tests are conducted over the specimens and the results are evaluated which indicates that the increase in carbon content increases the mechanical properties of the composite laminate .

  4. Impact fatigue behaviour of carbon fibre-reinforced vinylester resin composites

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    Rita Roy; B K Sarkar; A K Rana; N R Bose

    2001-02-01

    Two types of unidirectional carbon fibre, one of high strength (DHMS) and another of medium strength (VLMS) reinforced vinylester resin composites have been examined for their impact fatigue behaviour over 104 impact cycles for the first time. The study was conducted using a pendulum type repeated impact apparatus specially designed and constructed for the purpose. A well-defined impact fatigue behaviour (S–N type curve) curve has been demonstrated. It showed a plateau region of 10–102 cycles immediately below the single cycle impact strength, followed by progressive endurance with decreasing impact loads, culminating in an endurance limit at about 71% and 85% of the single impact strength for DHMS-48 and VLMS-48, respectively. Analysis of the fractured surfaces revealed primary debonding, fibre breakage and pull-out at the tensile zone of the samples and a shear mode of fracture with breakage of fibre bundles at the compressive zone of the samples. The occurrence of a few major macrocracks in the matrix with fibre breakage at the high load–low endurance region and development of multiple microcracks in the matrix, coalescing and fibre breakage at the low-load–high endurance region have been inferred to explain the fatigue behaviour of the composites examined.

  5. Statics and dynamics of carbon fibre reinforcement composites on steel orthotropic decks

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    Frýba, Ladislav; Pirner, Miroš; Urushadze, Shota

    Southampton : WIT Press, 2009 - (Carlomagno, G.; Brebbia, C.), s. 117-123 ISBN 978-1-84564-187-0. [International Conference Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements /14./. Algarve (PT), 10.06.2009-12.06.2009] Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GA103/08/1340 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : carbon fibre reinforced composite * orthotropic deck * fatigue life * dynamic load * crack propagation Subject RIV: JM - Building Engineering

  6. Toughening of carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites with rubber nanoparticles for advanced industrial applications

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    N. G. Ozdemir; Zhang, T.; I. Aspin; Scarpa, F.; Hadavinia, H.; Song, Y.

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates the effects of nano carboxylic acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (CNBR-NP) and nano acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR-NP) on the interlaminar shear strength and fracture toughness of carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites (CFRP) with dicyandiamide-cured epoxy matrix. The results show that nano-size dispersion of rubber significantly improved the Mode I delamination fracture toughness (GIC) of the CFRP by 250% and its Mode II delamination fracture toughness (GIIC) by...

  7. Fatigue behaviour of carbon fibre reinforcement composites on steel orthotropic decks

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    Urushadze, Shota; Frýba, Ladislav; Pirner, Miroš

    Kuala Lumpur : ASEM, 2010 - (Daut Mohamad, D.; Ahmad, D.), s. 102-102 ISBN N. [International Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2010- ICEM 2010. Kuala Lumpur (MY), 29.11.2010-1.12.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA103/08/1340 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : fatigue * carbon fibre reinforced composites (CFRC) * orthotropic decks. Subject RIV: JM - Building Engineering

  8. Assessment of damage propagation in carbon-fibre composite under cyclic loading

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    Šleichrt, J.; Fíla, T.; Šperl, Martin; Kytýř, Daniel

    Praha: Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Transportation Sciences, 2014 - (Kytýř, D.; Zlámal, P.; Růžička, M.), s. 124-127 ISBN 978-80-01-05556-4. [Youth symposium on experimental solid mechanics /13./. Děčín (CZ), 29.06.2014-02.07.2014] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR(CZ) TA03010209 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : carbon-fibre composite * damage propagation * laser profilometry Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials http://www.itam.cas.cz/ysesm2014/proceedings/id_25_ysesm2014_proceedings.pdf

  9. Toughening of carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites with rubber nanoparticles for advanced industrial applications

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    N. G. Ozdemir

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the effects of nano carboxylic acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (CNBR-NP and nano acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR-NP on the interlaminar shear strength and fracture toughness of carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites (CFRP with dicyandiamide-cured epoxy matrix. The results show that nano-size dispersion of rubber significantly improved the Mode I delamination fracture toughness (GIC of the CFRP by 250% and its Mode II delamination fracture toughness (GIIC by 80% with the addition of 20 phr of CNBR-NP. For the NBR-NP system, the GIC and GIIC delamination fracture toughness of the CFRP were increased by 200 and 80% respectively with the addition of 20 phr (parts per hundred rubber of nano rubber to the matrix. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM images of the fracture surface revealed that the toughening was mainly achieved by debonding of the nano rubber, crack path deflection and fibre bridging.

  10. Repeated self-healing of microvascular carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites

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    A self-healing, high performance, carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite is demonstrated by embedding a Lewis-acid catalytic curing agent within a laminate, manufactured using out of autoclave (OOA) composite manufacturing methods. Two configurations of healing agent delivery, pre-mixed and autonomous mixing, are investigated via injection of a healing agent through bio-inspired microvascular channels exposed on Mode I fractured crack planes. Healing is effected when an epoxy resin-solvent healing agent mixture reaches the boundary of embedded solid-state scandium(III) triflate (Sc(OTf)3) catalyst, located on the crack plane, to initiate the ring-opening polymerisation (ROP) of epoxides. Tailored self-healing agents confer high healing efficiency values after multiple healing cycles (69–108%) to successfully mitigate against crack propagation within the composite microstructure. (paper)

  11. Strengthening of steel–concrete composite girders using carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) plates

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    S M Mosavi; A Sadeghi Nik

    2015-02-01

    Applying composites in order to strengthen and renew the infrastructures has globally been accepted. Traditional methods to strengthen the out-of-standard structures are costly, time consuming and requires a lot of labour. Today, new techniques are hired using light and strong substances which also resist against corrosion, known as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) plates. Regarding the high tensile strength and proper module of elasticity, CFRP plates are considered as a suitable alternative to strengthen girders. The behaviour of steel–concrete composite girders being statically loaded and strengthened by CFRP plates in this study. The CFRP plates used in this study have been stuck, with epoxy adhesive, under the tensile sections of three steel girders. The results accompanied with analytical study of moment–curvature and numerical analysis done with ANSYS, show that CFRP plates with epoxy adhesive increases the ultimate loading capacity of steel–concrete composite girder. Plastic stiffness of the girders was also increased.

  12. Non-contact SQUID-NDT method using a ferrite core for carbon-fibre composites

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    Carbon-fibre composites (CFCs), such as carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), are promising composite materials for aerospace structures. However, there is no reliable non-contact NDT method for the detection of deep-lying cracks in thick CFCs at the present time. In this study a non-contact eddy-current-based SQUID-NDT method for thick CFCs was developed. Because CFC is conductively low (electrically), and the target CFC is thick, an induction coil with a U-shaped ferrite core was employed to generate a strong induction field while supplying a low frequency current to the coil. This method was applied to 20 mm thick CFRP specimens with hidden slots at various depths. All signal responses due to the slots located at 5 mm up to 17.5 mm in depth were successfully detected while supplying 150 mA at 300 Hz. The peak amplitude of the response obtained by the method was the same as, or larger than, that of previous results on the same specimens by the current injection method. It shows that the developed method can efficiently induce a large eddy current in the conductively low specimen. It is concluded that this method has the potential to be applicable to the non-contact NDT on very thick CFCs

  13. The influence of carbon fibre content on the tribological properties of polyarylate based composites materials

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    Burya; A.I.; Chigvintseva; O.P

    2001-01-01

    The analysis of scientific-technical literature has shown the prospectiveness of applyinghigh-temperature thermoplastic polymers - among which there are complex aromatic polyesters -as constructive materials. Mixed polyarylates of DV mark based on diphenilolpropane and themixture of iso- and terephtale acid are mentioned to make the most valuable practical interest. Forimproving technological and exploitation properties the authors of the article have suggested toreinforce the polymer linking element with uglen-9 mark. Combination of the composition compo-nents was realized within the rotating electromagnetic field with the help of non-equiaxial ferro-magnetic elements. The study of tribotechnical characteristics (coefficient of friction, intensity oflinear wear, temperature in the contact zone "polymer specimen - counterbody" of elaborated car-bon plastics) has been made at the disc machine of friction. Investigation of exploitation regimes’(specific pressure and slip velocity) influence on the mentioned properties of the initial polymer hasshown that polyarylate can be recommended for work at values of PV criterion not greater than 1.2MPa · m/s. Hardening the exploitation regimes is accompanied by the catastrophic wear of plastic.Reinforcement of polyarylate with carbon fibre is noted to enable significant improvement (to de-crease the coefficient of friction, to increase resistance to wear) of tribotechnical characteristics ofcarbon plastics. The most optimal is the content of carbon fibre in polyarylate in amount of 25mass.%.

  14. A Review of the Radio Frequency Non-destructive Testing for Carbon-fibre Composites

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    Li Zhen

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to review recent research on the applications of existing non-destructive testing (NDT techniques, especially radio frequency (RF NDT, for carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP composites. Electromagnetic properties of CFRP composites that are associated with RF NDT are discussed first. The anisotropic characteristic of the conductivity and the relationship between the penetration depth and conductivity should be paid much attention. Then, the well-established RF NDT including eddy current technique, microwave technique and RF-based thermography are well categorised into four types (i.e. electromagnetic induction, resonance, RF-based thermography and RF wave propagation and demonstrated in detail. The example of impact damage detection using the induction and resonance methods is given. Some discussions on the development (like industrial-scale automated scanning, three-dimensional imaging, short-range ultra-wideband (UWB imaging and the radio frequency identification technology (RFID-based NDT are presented.

  15. High-power picosecond laser drilling/machining of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites

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    Salama, A.; Li, L.; Mativenga, P.; Sabli, A.

    2016-02-01

    The large differences in physical and thermal properties of the carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite constituents make laser machining of this material challenging. An extended heat-affected zone (HAZ) often occurs. The availability of ultrashort laser pulse sources such as picosecond lasers makes it possible to improve the laser machining quality of these materials. This paper reports an investigation on the drilling and machining of CFRP composites using a state-of-the-art 400 W picosecond laser system. Small HAZs (drilled on sample of 6 mm thickness, whereas no HAZ was seen below the top surface on the cut surfaces. Multiple ring material removal strategy was used. Furthermore, the effect of laser processing parameters such as laser power, scanning speed and repetition rate on HAZ sizes and ablation depth was investigated.

  16. Radiation-curing of acrylate composites including carbon fibres: A customized surface modification for improving mechanical performances

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    Martin, Arnaud; Pietras-Ozga, Dorota; Ponsaud, Philippe; Kowandy, Christelle; Barczak, Mariusz; Defoort, Brigitte; Coqueret, Xavier

    2014-12-01

    The lower transverse mechanical properties of radiation-cured acrylate-based composites reinforced with carbon-fibre with respect to the thermosettable analogues was investigated from the viewpoint of chemical interactions at the interface between the matrix and the carbon material. XPS analysis of representative commercial carbon fibres revealed the presence of a significant amount of chemical functions potentially exerting an adverse effect on the initiation and propagation of the free radical polymerization initiated under high energy radiation. The EB-induced polymerization of n-butyl acrylate as a simple model monomer was conducted in the presence of various aromatic additives exhibiting a strong inhibiting effect, whereas thiols efficiently sensitize the initiation mechanism and undergo transfer reactions. A method based on the surface modification of sized fibres by thiomalic acid is proposed for overcoming the localized inhibition phenomenon and for improving the mechanical properties of the resulting acrylate-based composites.

  17. Environmental effect on the mechanical properties of commingled-yarn-based carbon fibre/polyamide 6 composites

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    Raghavalu Thirumalai, Durai Prabhakaran; Toftegaard, Helmuth Langmaack

    2014-01-01

    material properties. They are three-point bending to measure the flexural strength and stiffness, and short beam three-point bending to measure the interlaminar shear strength. The 10-mm-thick quasi-isotropic carbon fibre/polyamide 6 composites with 52% volume fraction of carbon fibre to be tested were......The main objective of this experimental investigation was to evaluate the changes from accelerated ageing on selected properties of carbon fibre/polyamide 6 composites based on hybrid yarns. In this study, two types of mechanical tests were performed to measure the environmental influence on the...... also performed on as manufactured and dried material at low temperature (–45) and high temperature (115). The measured mechanical properties decreased with exposure time at 60 and 100% relative humidity. Both the bending stiffness and the strength degrade to a level of about 65%, whereas interlaminar...

  18. Modelling and simulation of randomly oriented carbon fibre-reinforced composites under thermal load

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    Treffler, R.; Fröschl, J.; Drechsler, K.; Ladstätter, E.

    2016-03-01

    Carbon fibre-reinforced sheet moulding compounds (CF-SMC) already exhibit a complex material behaviour under uniaxial loads due to the random orientation of the fibres in the matrix resin. Mature material models for metallic materials are generally not transferable. This paper proposes an approach for modelling the fatigue behaviour of CF-SMC based on extensive static and cyclic tests using low cost secondary carbon fibres (SCF). The main focus is on describing the stiffness degradation considering the dynamic modulus of the material. Influence factors such as temperature, orientation, rate dependence and specimen thickness were additionally considered.

  19. Carbon fibre material for tomorrow

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    As science and technology continue to cross boundaries of known practices, materials and manufacturing techniques and into the frontiers of new materials, environment and applications, the opportunities for research in materials in general will inevitably increase. The unique properties of carbon fibre which combines low weight and high stiffness, makes it in ever greater demand as substitutes for traditional materials. This is due to the rising costs of raw materials and energy and the necessity to reduce carbon dioxide emission. The carbon fibres produced are particularly of high standard in terms of quality and processing characteristics especially when it is designed in structural components in the aerospace and defence industries. This results in a well structured organisation in producing the fibre starting from its raw material to the final composite products. In achieving this effort, research and communication of the progress takes a fundamental role. (author)

  20. Failure modes of vacuum plasma spray tungsten coating created on carbon fibre composites under thermal loads

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    Vacuum plasma spray tungsten (VPS-W) coating created on a carbon fibre reinforced composite (CFC) was tested under two thermal load schemes in the electron beam facility to examine the operation limits and failure modes. In cyclic ELM-like short transient thermal loads, the VPS-W coating was destroyed sub-layer by sub-layer at 0.33 GW/m2 for 1 ms pulse duration. At longer single pulses, simulating steady-state thermal loads, the coating was destroyed at surface temperatures above 2700 deg. C by melting of the rhenium containing multilayer at the interface between VPS-W and CFC. The operation limits and failure modes of the VPS-W coating in the thermal load schemes are discussed in detail.

  1. Shape memory performance of asymmetrically reinforced epoxy/carbon fibre fabric composites in flexure

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    M. Fejos

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study asymmetrically reinforced epoxy (EP/carbon fibre (CF fabric composites were prepared and their shape memory properties were quantified in both unconstrained and fully constrained flexural tests performed in a dynamic mechanical analyser (DMA. Asymmetric layering was achieved by incorporating two and four CF fabric layers whereby setting a resin- and reinforcement-rich layer ratio of 1/4 and 1/2, respectively. The recovery stress was markedly increased with increasing CF content. The related stress was always higher when the CF-rich layer experienced tension load locally. Specimens with CF-rich layers on the tension side yielded better shape fixity ratio, than those with reinforcement layering on the compression side. Cyclic unconstrained shape memory tests were also run up to five cycles on specimens having the CF-rich layer under local tension. This resulted in marginal changes in the shape fixity and recovery ratios.

  2. Exposure Assessment of Particulate Matter from Abrasive Treatment of Carbon and Glass Fibre-Reinforced Epoxy-Composites

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    Jensen, Alexander C. Ø.; Levin, Marcus; Koivisto, Antti J.;

    2015-01-01

    The use of composites is ever increasing due to their important structural and chemical features. The composite component production often involves high energy grinding and sanding processes to which emissions workers are potentially exposed. In this study we investigated the machining of carbon...... and glass fibre-reinforced epoxy composite materials at two facilities. We measured particle number concentrations and size distributions of the released material in near field and far field during sanding of glass-and carbon fibre-reinforced composites. We assessed the means of reducing exposure...... 1.1% and 14.1% when comparing with a careful working style. Investigating the effect of the local exhaust ventilation showed that a maximum flow rate caused removal of close to 100% of particles from the working zone. A 28% reduction in the flow rate reduced particle removal efficiency more than 50...

  3. Assessment of the post-impact damage propagation in a carbon-fibre composite under cyclic loading

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    Kytýř, Daniel; Fíla, T.; Šleichrt, J.; Doktor, Tomáš; Šperl, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 48, č. 5 (2014), s. 777-780. ISSN 1580-2949 R&D Projects: GA TA ČR(CZ) TA03010209 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : carbon-fibre composites * post-impact damage * laser profilometry Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials Impact factor: 0.548, year: 2014 http://mit.imt.si/Revija/izvodi/mit145/kytyr.pdf

  4. Investigation of damage in laminated carbon fibre composites using high resolution computed tomography

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    Wright, Peter Michael

    2011-01-01

    Laminated fibre reinforced polymer matrix composites have been used in design and manufacture for more than 50 years, exploiting desirable material properties such as high specific strength and stiffness, enabling large weight savings to be made on structural components. To take full advantage of this class of materials a comprehensive knowledge of behaviour under different service conditions is required. This thesis illustrates the degree to which this is currently achieved, and describes th...

  5. Carbon Carbon Composites: An Overview .

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    G. Rohini Devi; K. Rama Rao

    1993-01-01

    Carbon carbon composites are a new class of engineering materials that are ceramic in nature but exhibit brittle to pseudoplastic behaviour. Carbon-carbon is a unique all-carbon composite with carbon fibre embeded in carbon matrix and is known as an inverse composite. Due to their excellent thermo-structural properties, carbon-carbon composites are used in specialised application like re-entry nose-tips, leading edges, rocket nozzles, and aircraft brake discs apart from several indust...

  6. Fatigue testing of a carbon fibre composite wind turbine blade with associated material characterisation

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    Lowe, G.A.; Richardson, D.J. [Univ. of the West of England, Faculty of Engineering, Bristol (United Kingdom)

    1996-09-01

    Within the EC project JOULE 2, the University of the West of England (UWE) tested a carbon fibre reinforced epoxy (CFRE) full scale wind turbine blade together with an associated material test coupon programme. All the work was closely linked with the manufacturer Polymarine BV of the Netherlands, who designed and manufactured the blade and provided test specimens, the UWE carried out the research into the validation of the design calculations together with a check of the strength and fatigue life of the blade. (au)

  7. A Lamb waves based statistical approach to structural health monitoring of carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites.

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    Carboni, Michele; Gianneo, Andrea; Giglio, Marco

    2015-07-01

    This research investigates a Lamb-wave based structural health monitoring approach matching an out-of-phase actuation of a pair of piezoceramic transducers at low frequency. The target is a typical quasi-isotropic carbon fibre reinforced polymer aeronautical laminate subjected to artificial, via Teflon patches, and natural, via suitable low velocity drop weight impact tests, delaminations. The performance and main influencing factors of such an approach are studied through a Design of Experiment statistical method, considering both Pulse Echo and Pitch Catch configurations of PZT sensors. Results show that some factors and their interactions can effectively influence the detection of a delamination-like damage. PMID:25746761

  8. Resistance welding of carbon fibre reinforced polyetheretherketone composites using metal mesh and PEI film

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    闫久春; 王晓林; 秦明; 赵新英; 杨士勤

    2004-01-01

    Weldability of polyetheretherketone(PEEK) with polyetherimide(PEI) is tested. And carbon fiber reinforced PEEK laminates are resistance welded using stainless steel mesh heating element. The effects of the welding time and welding pressure on the lap shear strength of joints are investigated. Results show that PEEK can heal with PEI well in welding condition and the lap shear strength of PEEK/CF(carbon fibre) joint increases linearly with welding time, but reaches a maximum value when welding pressure ranging from 0.3MPa to 0.5MPa with constant welding time. The fracture characteristics of surface are analyzed by SEM techniques, and four types of fracture modes of lap shear joints are suggested.

  9. Carbon/Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) Composites from Green Pellets Contain CNTs and Self-adhesive Carbon Grains from Fibres of Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch

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    Deraman, Mohamad; Saad, Siti Khatijah Md.; Ishak, Maria M.; Awitdrus, Taer, Erman; Talib, Ibrahim; Omar, Ramli; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin Hj.

    2010-10-01

    Nano composites green pellets (GPs) were prepared from the mixtures of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at varying percentage (0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10%) and self-adhesive carbon grains (SACG) from fibres of oil palm empty fruit bunch. These GPs were carbonized and CO2 activated to produce activated carbon/CNTs composites in the form of pellets (ACPs). It was found that the density (ρ) and electrical conductivity (σ) of the ACPs varied nonlinearly with CNTs content; as for the CNTs content of 3-5%, we observed the peak values of ρ and σ at 1.3781 gcm-3 and 3.4146 (Ωcm)-1 respectively. The presence of the agglomerated and individual particles of CNTs in the pores of the ACPs was clearly shown by the micrograph of the Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). The nitrogen adsorption isotherm data showed the decrease in surface area, volume and diameter of pores due to the effect of CNTs. The effect of CNTs on the electrochemical behavior of the ACPs were investigated from the supercapacitor cells fabricated using the ACPs as composite electrodes. It was found that the specific capacitance, energy density and power density of the supercapacitor with electrodes containing 10% CNTs were lower than that with electrodes without CNTs. This result is consistent with the change of pores characteristic due to the presence of CNTs in the ACPs, suggesting the need to optimize the pore characteristic for improving the supercapacitor performance.

  10. Aligned flax fibre/polylactate composites

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    Madsen, Bo; Lilholt, Hans; Thygesen, Anders;

    2008-01-01

    The potential of biocomposites in engineering applications is demonstrated by using aligned flax fibre/polylactate composites as a materials model system. The failure stress of flax fibres is measured by tensile testing of single fibres and fibre bundles. For both fibre configurations, it is foun...... flax fibre composites and traditional fibre composites (exemplified by glass fibre composites) are presented. The stiffness per volume, per weight and per cost is compared for these two types of composites.......The potential of biocomposites in engineering applications is demonstrated by using aligned flax fibre/polylactate composites as a materials model system. The failure stress of flax fibres is measured by tensile testing of single fibres and fibre bundles. For both fibre configurations, it is found...... that failure stress is decreased by increasing the tested fibre volume. Based on two types of flax fibre preforms: carded sliver and unidirectional non-crimp fabric, aligned flax fibre/polylactate composites were fabricated with variable fibre content. The volumetric composition and tensile properties...

  11. Toughening of a Carbon-Fibre Composite Using Electrospun Poly(Hydroxyether of Bisphenol A) Nanofibrous Membranes Through Inverse Phase Separation and Inter-Domain Etherification

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    Bronwyn Fox; Thomas Chaffraix; Kevin Magniez

    2011-01-01

    The interlaminar toughening of a carbon fibre reinforced composite by interleaving a thin layer (~20 microns) of poly(hydroxyether of bisphenol A) (phenoxy) nanofibres was explored in this work. Nanofibres, free of defect and averaging several hundred nanometres, were produced by electrospinning directly onto a pre-impregnated carbon fibre material (Toray G83C) at various concentrations between 0.5 wt % and 2 wt %. During curing at 150 °C, phenoxy diffuses through the epoxy resin to form a se...

  12. Adhesion, differentiation and immune activation of human osteogenic cells in cultures on carbon-fibre reinforced carbon composites

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    Bačáková, Lucie; Starý, V.; Glogar, Petr; Lisá, Věra

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 6, - (2003), s. 8-9. ISSN 1429-7248. [Konferencja Naukowa "Biomaterialy w medycynie i weterynarii" /13./. Rytro, 09.10.2003-12.10.2003] R&D Projects: GA MŠk OC 527.130 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3046908; CEZ:AV0Z5011922 Keywords : carbon-carbon composites * surface properties * bone tissue engineering Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials

  13. Analysis of Failure Mechanisms and Hybrid Effects in Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites (Analyse van faalmechanismen en hybride effecten in koolstofvezelversterkte thermoplastische composieten)

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    Taketa, Ichiro

    2011-01-01

    First part of this thesis studies tensile failure mechanisms of unidirectional laminates made of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites. Global mechanical properties (such as 0° and 90° tensile strength), and microscopic mechanical properties (such as work of adhesion, matrix modulus, matrix residual stress, interfacial shear strength and interlaminar fracture toughness in mode II) are experimentally evaluated. Comparison of various prepreg systems using the same carbon fi...

  14. Influence of the Testing Gage Length on the Strength, Young's Modulus and Weibull Modulus of Carbon Fibres and Glass Fibres

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    Luiz Claudio Pardini

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Carbon fibres and glass fibres are reinforcements for advanced composites and the fiber strength is the most influential factor on the strength of the composites. They are essentially brittle and fail with very little reduction in cross section. Composites made with these fibres are characterized by a high strength/density ratio and their properties are intrisically related to their microstructure, i.e., amount and orientation of the fibres, surface treatment, among other factors. Processing parameters have an important role in the fibre mechanical behaviour (strength and modulus. Cracks, voids and impurities in the case of glass fibres and fibrillar misalignments in the case of carbon fibres are created during processing. Such inhomogeneities give rise to an appreciable scatter in properties. The most used statistical tool that deals with this characteristic variability in properties is the Weibull distribution. The present work investigates the influence of the testing gage length on the strength, Young's modulus and Weibull modulus of carbon fibres and glass fibres. The Young's modulus is calculated by two methods: (i ASTM D 3379M, and (ii interaction between testing equipment/specimen The first method resulted in a Young modulus of 183 GPa for carbon fibre, and 76 GPa for glass fibre. The second method gave a Young modulus of 250 GPa for carbon fibre and 50 GPa for glass fibre. These differences revelead differences on how the interaction specimen/testing machine can interfere in the Young modulus calculations. Weibull modulus can be a tool to evaluate the fibre's homogeneity in terms of properties and it is a good quality control parameter during processing. In the range of specimen gage length tested the Weibull modulus for carbon fibre is ~ 3.30 and for glass fibres is ~ 5.65, which indicates that for the batch of fibres tested, the glass fibre is more uniform in properties.

  15. Infrared thermography and ultrasonics to evaluate porosity of carbon fibre reinforced composites

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    Toscano, Cinzia

    2013-01-01

    Il presente lavoro di Tesi è incentrato sulle problematiche relative al controllo non distruttivo di materiali compositi, di tipo resina epossidica rinforzata con fibre di carbonio, affette da porosità. La porosità è un difetto che tipicamente viene riscontrato a valle del processo di fabbricazione di tali materiali, ed è genralmente causata da cicli di cura non ottimizzati o altre problematiche legate allo specifico processo di manifattura. La sua rivelazione è di primaria importanza in quan...

  16. Production of continuous intermingled CF/GF hybrid composite via fibre tow spreading technology

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    Diao, H.; Bismarck, A.; Robinson, P.; Wisnom, M. R.

    2014-01-01

    An air-assisted fibre tow spreader was used to produce continuous commingled glass and carbon fibre tows. Hybrid carbon and glass fibre (CF/GF) reinforced epoxy composites were manufactured from these commingled fibre tows by resin film infusion. The degree of hybridisation of the hybrid CF/GF tow was defined and characterised. Compared with the corresponding continuous CF/epoxy composite, the hybrid composite with a degree of hybridisation of 32.45% exhibits a more gradual tensile failure. T...

  17. A comparison of multi-scale 3D X-ray tomographic inspection techniques for assessing carbon fibre composite impact damage

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    Bull, D. J.; Helfen, L.; Sinclair, I.; Spearing, S.M.; Baumbach, T.

    2013-01-01

    Tomographic imaging using both laboratory sources and synchrotron radiation (SR) was performed to achieve a multi-scale damage assessment of carbon fibre composites subjected to impact damage, allowing various internal damage modes to be studied in three-dimensions. The focus of this study is the comparison of different tomographic methods, identifying their capabilities and limitations, and their use in a complementary manner for creating an overall 3D damage assessment at both macroscopic a...

  18. Damage assessment of particle-toughened carbon fibre composites subjected to impact and compression-after-impact using 3D X-ray tomography

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    Bull, D. J.

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, particle-toughened and untoughened, carbon fibre composite material systems with quasi-isotropic layups were investigated. This was to understand better the toughening behaviour leading to increased impact damage resistance and post-impact compression damage tolerance performance. To achieve this, mechanical testing and conventional ultrasonic C-scan methods were combined with damage assessments using several 3D X-ray computed tomography techniques. These consisted of lab base...

  19. The Surface Finish of Thermally Aged Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites Using E-glass as a Surface Barrier

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    de Souza, M. L.; Fox, B. L.

    2015-10-01

    This work investigated the effect of woven E-glass mass (25 g/m2, 50 g/m2, 85 g/m2, 135 g/m2) on the painted surface finish of various thermoset (EPIKOTETM RIM935, EPIKOTETM 04434, Ultratec LpTM ES300, Ultratec LpTM SPV6035) carbon fibre composite laminates, before and after aging at 95 °C for 168 h. The as-moulded laminate surfaces were evaluated using surface profilometry techniques and the painted and aged surfaces were evaluated using a wave-scan distinctness of image (DOI) instrument. It was found that the 25 g/m2 E-glass surface layer assisted with reducing the roughness of the as-moulded surfaces and the long-term waviness of the painted surfaces due to the increase in resin-richness at the surface. The EPIKOTETM 04434 resin system that contained diglycidyl ether of bisphenol F (DGEBF) epoxy had the least change in long-term waviness with thermal aging due to the rigid fluorene-based backbone in comparison to the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) systems.

  20. The Chemical Composition of Grape Fibre

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    Jolana Karovičová

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Dietary fibres from cereals are much more used than dietary fibres from fruits; however, dietary fibres from fruits have better quality. In recent years, for economic and environmental reasons, there has been a growing pressure to recover and exploit food wastes. Grape fibre is used to fortify baked goods, because the fibre can lower blood sugar, cut cholesterol and may even prevent colon cancer. Grape pomace is a functional ingredient in bakery goods to increase total phenolic content and dietary fibre in nourishment. The aim of this study was to determine the chemical composition of commercial fibres, obtained from different Grape sources concerning their chemical properties such as moisture, ash, fat, protein, total dietary fibre. The chemical composition of Grape fibre is known to vary depending on the Grape cultivar, growth climates, and processing conditions. The obliged characteristics of the fibre product are: total dietary fibre content above 50%, moisture lower than 9%, low content of lipids, a low energy value and neutral flavour and taste. Grape pomace represents a rich source of various high-value products such as ethanol, tartrates and malates, citric acid, Grape seed oil, hydrocolloids and dietary fibre. Used commercial Grape fibres have as a main characteristic, the high content of total dietary fibre. Amount of total dietary fibre depends on the variety of Grapes. Total dietary fibre content (TDF in our samples of Grape fibre varied from 56.8% to 83.6%. There were also determined low contents of moisture (below 9%. In the samples of Grape fibre were determined higher amount of protein (8.6 - 10.8%, mineral (1.3 - 3.8% and fat (2.8 - 8.6%. This fact opens the possibility of using both initial by-products as ingredients in the food industry, due to the effects associated with the high total dietary fibre content.

  1. Strength and toughness of structural fibres for composite material reinforcement.

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    Herráez, M; Fernández, A; Lopes, C S; González, C

    2016-07-13

    The characterization of the strength and fracture toughness of three common structural fibres, E-glass, AS4 carbon and Kevlar KM2, is presented in this work. The notched specimens were prepared by means of selective carving of individual fibres by means of the focused ion beam. A straight-fronted edge notch was introduced in a plane perpendicular to the fibre axis, with the relative notch depth being a0/D≈0.1 and the notch radius at the tip approximately 50 nm. The selection of the appropriate beam current during milling operations was performed to avoid to as much as possible any microstructural changes owing to ion impingement. Both notched and un-notched fibres were submitted to uniaxial tensile tests up to failure. The strength of the un-notched fibres was characterized in terms of the Weibull statistics, whereas the residual strength of the notched fibres was used to determine their apparent toughness. To this end, the stress intensity factor of a fronted edge crack was computed by means of the finite-element method for different crack lengths. The experimental results agreed with those reported in the literature for polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fibres obtained by using similar techniques. After mechanical testing, the fracture surface of the fibres was analysed to ascertain the failure mechanisms. It was found that AS4 carbon and E-glass fibres presented the lower toughness with fracture surfaces perpendicular to the fibre axis, emanating from the notch tip. The fractured region of Kevlar KM2 fibres extended along the fibre and showed large permanent deformation, which explains their higher degree of toughness when compared with carbon and glass fibres.This article is part of the themed issue 'Multiscale modelling of the structural integrity of composite materials'. PMID:27242306

  2. Plant fibre composites - porosity and volumetric interaction

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    Madsen, Bo; Thygesen, Anders; Lilholt, Hans

    Plant fibre composites contain typically a relative large amount of porosity, which considerably influences properties and performance of the composites. The large porosity must be integrated in the conversion of weight fractions into volume fractions of the fibre and matrix parts. A model is...... the combination of a high fibre volume fraction, a low porosity and a high composite density is optimal. Experimental data from the literature on volumetric composition and density of four types of plant fibre composites are used to validate the model. It is demonstrated that the model provides a...

  3. Preparation Of Melt Spun Electroconductive Fine Fibres Containing Carbon Nanotubes

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    Mirjalili Mohammad

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Preparation of electroconductive fine fibres containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs by melt spinning was the main goal of the present study. In this regard, the influence of the main operating parameters such as type of polymer used (polyester, polypropylene and polyamide, type and concentration of the CNTs on conductivity, and mechanical and thermal properties of the melt spun fibres was studied. The conductivity of melt spun fibres was measured based on the method developed by Morton and Hearl. The morphologies of the CNTs–polymer composite fibres were studied by scanning electron microscopy. Thermal behaviours and mechanical properties of the CNTs–polymer composite fibres were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry and tearing tester, respectively. The results reveal that using CNTs had tangible effect on electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of the melt spun fibres. Also, polyamide had a better dispersion of CNTs and correspondingly lower surface resistivity.

  4. Roughness Influence On Macro- And Micro-Tribology Of Multi-Layered Hard Coatings On Carbon Fibre Polymer Composite

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    Lackner J. M.; Major B.; Waldhauser W.; Mzyk A.; Major Ł.; Kot M.

    2015-01-01

    Goal of this work is the investigation of roughness influences on the abrasive wear behaviour of magnetron sputtered multi-layered, low-friction coatings on carbon-fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP). Higher coating roughness at similar CFRP quality was realized by higher deposition rates, leading to increased heat flux to the substrates during deposition. Thermal expansion of the epoxy matrix on the micro scale results in a wavy, wrinkled surface topography. Both in scratch and reciprocal slidi...

  5. Differential Geometry of Composite Fibred Manifolds

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    Sardanashvily, G.

    1994-01-01

    In classical field theory, the composite fibred manifolds Y -> Z -> X provides the adequate mathematical formulation of gauge models with broken symmetries, e.g., the gauge gravitation theory. This work is devoted to connections on composite fibred manifolds. In particular, we get the horizontal splitting of the vertical tangent bundle of a composite fibred manifold, besides the familiar one of its tangent bundle. This splitting defines the modified covariant differential and implies the spec...

  6. Influence of carbon fibres on the surface properties of composite materials for medical applications

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    Stodolak, E.; Blazewicz, M.; Grausová, Ľubica

    Krakow : Wydawnictwo Naukowe Akapit, 2007. s. 224-224. ISBN 978-83-89541-95-6. [International Conference CESEP´07 - Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection /2./. 02.09.2007-06.09.2007, Krakow] Keywords : spo2 * biomaterials * surface topography * wettability Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics

  7. Electrical conductivity of polyester resin/carbon fibre composites in the percolation threshold region

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    Vilčáková, J.; Sáha, P.; Křesálek, V.; Quadrat, Otakar

    Lodz: Technical University of Lodz, 2001, s. P60/1-P60/2. [Euro-Fillers Conference. Lodz (PL), 09.07.2001-12.07.2001] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4050111 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : electric al conductivity * composites Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  8. Roughness Influence On Macro- And Micro-Tribology Of Multi-Layered Hard Coatings On Carbon Fibre Polymer Composite

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    Lackner J.M.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Goal of this work is the investigation of roughness influences on the abrasive wear behaviour of magnetron sputtered multi-layered, low-friction coatings on carbon-fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP. Higher coating roughness at similar CFRP quality was realized by higher deposition rates, leading to increased heat flux to the substrates during deposition. Thermal expansion of the epoxy matrix on the micro scale results in a wavy, wrinkled surface topography. Both in scratch and reciprocal sliding testing against alumina, the friction coefficients are lower for the smooth coatings, but their wear rate is higher due to low-cycle fatigue caused abrasion.

  9. Natural Composites: Cellulose Fibres and the related Performance of Composites

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    Lilholt, Hans; Madsen, Bo

    2014-01-01

    Biobased materials are becoming of increasing interest as potential structural materials for the future. A useful concept in this context is the fibre reinforcement of materials by stiff and strong fibres. The biobased resources can contribute with cellulose fibres and biopolymers. This offers...... in stiffness, on the packing ability of cellulose fibres and the related maximum fibre volume fraction in composites, on the moisture sorption of cellulose fibres and the related mass increase and (large) hygral strains induced, and on the mechanical performance of composites....

  10. High energy flux thermo-mechanical test of 1D-carbon-carbon fibre composite prototypes for the SPIDER diagnostic calorimeter.

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    De Muri, M; Cavallin, T; Pasqualotto, R; Dalla Palma, M; Cervaro, V; Fasolo, D; Franchin, L; Tollin, M; Greuner, H; Böswirth, B; Serianni, G

    2014-02-01

    Operation of the thermonuclear fusion experiment ITER requires additional heating via injection of neutral beams from accelerated negative ions. In the SPIDER test facility, under construction in Padova, the production of negative ions will be studied and optimised. STRIKE (Short-Time Retractable Instrumented Kalorimeter Experiment) is a diagnostic used to characterise the SPIDER beam during short pulse operation (several seconds) to verify if the beam meets the ITER requirements about the maximum allowed beam non-uniformity (below ±10%). The major components of STRIKE are 16 1D-CFC (Carbon-Carbon Fibre Composite) tiles, observed at the rear side by a thermal camera. This contribution gives an overview of some tests under high energy particle flux, aimed at verifying the thermo-mechanical behaviour of several CFC prototype tiles. The tests were performed in the GLADIS facility at IPP (Max-Plank-Institut für Plasmaphysik), Garching. Dedicated linear and nonlinear simulations were carried out to interpret the experiments and a comparison of the experimental data with the simulation results is presented. The results of some morphological and structural studies on the material after exposure to the GLADIS beam are also given. PMID:24593452

  11. High energy flux thermo-mechanical test of 1D-carbon-carbon fibre composite prototypes for the SPIDER diagnostic calorimeter

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    Operation of the thermonuclear fusion experiment ITER requires additional heating via injection of neutral beams from accelerated negative ions. In the SPIDER test facility, under construction in Padova, the production of negative ions will be studied and optimised. STRIKE (Short-Time Retractable Instrumented Kalorimeter Experiment) is a diagnostic used to characterise the SPIDER beam during short pulse operation (several seconds) to verify if the beam meets the ITER requirements about the maximum allowed beam non-uniformity (below ±10%). The major components of STRIKE are 16 1D-CFC (Carbon-Carbon Fibre Composite) tiles, observed at the rear side by a thermal camera. This contribution gives an overview of some tests under high energy particle flux, aimed at verifying the thermo-mechanical behaviour of several CFC prototype tiles. The tests were performed in the GLADIS facility at IPP (Max-Plank-Institut für Plasmaphysik), Garching. Dedicated linear and nonlinear simulations were carried out to interpret the experiments and a comparison of the experimental data with the simulation results is presented. The results of some morphological and structural studies on the material after exposure to the GLADIS beam are also given

  12. Hydrofluoric–nitric–sulphuric-acid surface treatment of tungsten for carbon fibre-reinforced composite hybrids in space applications

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    Kanerva, M., E-mail: Mikko.Kanerva@aalto.fi [Aalto University, School of Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics, P.O.B. 14300, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland); Johansson, L.-S.; Campbell, J.M. [Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology, Department of Forest Products Technology, P.O.B. 16300, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland); Revitzer, H. [Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology, Department of Chemistry, P.O.B. 16300, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland); Sarlin, E. [Tampere University of Technology, Department of Materials Science, P.O.B. 589, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Brander, T.; Saarela, O. [Aalto University, School of Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics, P.O.B. 14300, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • XPS and AFM analysis of the effect of hydrofluoric–nitric–sulphuric-acid on tungsten. • Dreiling's model established 54.4% thinning of WO{sub 3} due to 67 s treatment. • Strain energy release rate increased ≈8.4 J/m{sup 2} at the interface. • Failure loci analysis expressed the oxide and carbon fibre surfaces as weak points. - Abstract: Hybrid material systems, such as combinations of tungsten foils and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), are replacing metal alloy concepts in spacecraft enclosures. However, a good adhesion between the tungsten oxide scale and the epoxy resin used is required. Here, the effects of a hydrofluoric–nitric–sulphuric-acid (HFNS) treatment on tungsten oxides and subsequent adhesion to CFRP are analysed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and fracture testing. The work shows that HFNS treatment results in decreased oxygen content, over 50% thinner tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) layer and increased nano-roughness on thin tungsten foils. Fracture testing established a 39% increase in the average critical strain for tungsten–CFRP specimens after HFNS treatment was carried out on tungsten. The effect of the oxide scale modification regarding the critical strain energy release rate was ΔG{sub c}≈ 8.4 J/m{sup 2}.

  13. Hydrofluoric–nitric–sulphuric-acid surface treatment of tungsten for carbon fibre-reinforced composite hybrids in space applications

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    Highlights: • XPS and AFM analysis of the effect of hydrofluoric–nitric–sulphuric-acid on tungsten. • Dreiling's model established 54.4% thinning of WO3 due to 67 s treatment. • Strain energy release rate increased ≈8.4 J/m2 at the interface. • Failure loci analysis expressed the oxide and carbon fibre surfaces as weak points. - Abstract: Hybrid material systems, such as combinations of tungsten foils and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), are replacing metal alloy concepts in spacecraft enclosures. However, a good adhesion between the tungsten oxide scale and the epoxy resin used is required. Here, the effects of a hydrofluoric–nitric–sulphuric-acid (HFNS) treatment on tungsten oxides and subsequent adhesion to CFRP are analysed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and fracture testing. The work shows that HFNS treatment results in decreased oxygen content, over 50% thinner tungsten trioxide (WO3) layer and increased nano-roughness on thin tungsten foils. Fracture testing established a 39% increase in the average critical strain for tungsten–CFRP specimens after HFNS treatment was carried out on tungsten. The effect of the oxide scale modification regarding the critical strain energy release rate was ΔGc≈ 8.4 J/m2

  14. Winding of fibre composites; Vikling af fiberkompositter

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    Lystrup, Aage

    2006-01-01

    Within the project 'Storage of hydrogen in advanced high pressure vessels' under the PSO-R AND D 2005 program one of the tasks is to describe the technology, which is used for manufacturing of fibre reinforced pressure vessels. Fibre reinforced pressure vessels for high pressures are manufactured by winding structural load bearing fibres around a mandrel or an internal liner. There are two different types of cylindrical pressure vessels: 1) Cylinders with thick metal liner, where only the cylindrical part is over wrapped with hoop windings, and 2) cylinders with a thin metal or polymer liner, where both the cylindrical part and the end domes are over wrapped with more layers with different fibre orientations (helical and hoop windings). This report describes the fundamental principles for filament winding of fibre reinforced polymer composites. After a short introduction to the advanced fibre composites, their properties and semi-raw materials used for fibre composites, the focus is on the process parameters, which have influence on the material quality of filament wound components. The report is both covering winding of fibre reinforced thermo-setting polymers as well as thermoplastic polymers, and there are references to vendors of filament winding machines, accessory equipment and computer software for design and manufacturing of filament wound components. (au)

  15. Methodology for characterisation of glass fibre composite architecture

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    Hansen, Jens Zangenberg; Larsen, J.B.; Østergaard, R.C.;

    2012-01-01

    fibres. The information is used for different analyses to investigate and characterise the fibre architecture. As an example, the methodology is applied to glass fibre reinforced composites with varying fibre contents. The different fibre volume fractions (FVFs) affect the number of contact points per...... fibre, the communal fibre distance and the local FVF. The fibre diameter distribution and packing pattern remain somewhat similar for the considered materials. The methodology is a step towards a better understanding of the composite microstructure and can be used to evaluate the interconnection between...... fibre architecture and composite properties....

  16. Toughening of a Carbon-Fibre Composite Using Electrospun Poly(Hydroxyether of Bisphenol A Nanofibrous Membranes Through Inverse Phase Separation and Inter-Domain Etherification

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    Bronwyn Fox

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The interlaminar toughening of a carbon fibre reinforced composite by interleaving a thin layer (~20 microns of poly(hydroxyether of bisphenol A (phenoxy nanofibres was explored in this work. Nanofibres, free of defect and averaging several hundred nanometres, were produced by electrospinning directly onto a pre-impregnated carbon fibre material (Toray G83C at various concentrations between 0.5 wt % and 2 wt %. During curing at 150 °C, phenoxy diffuses through the epoxy resin to form a semi interpenetrating network with an inverse phase type of morphology where the epoxy became the co-continuous phase with a nodular morphology. This type of morphology improved the fracture toughness in mode I (opening failure and mode II (in-plane shear failure by up to 150% and 30%, respectively. Interlaminar shear stress test results showed that the interleaving did not negatively affect the effective in-plane strength of the composites. Furthermore, there was some evidence from DMTA and FT-IR analysis to suggest that inter-domain etherification between the residual epoxide groups with the pendant hydroxyl groups of the phenoxy occurred, also leading to an increase in glass transition temperature (~7.5 °C.

  17. Hydrofluoric-nitric-sulphuric-acid surface treatment of tungsten for carbon fibre-reinforced composite hybrids in space applications

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    Kanerva, M.; Johansson, L.-S.; Campbell, J. M.; Revitzer, H.; Sarlin, E.; Brander, T.; Saarela, O.

    2015-02-01

    Hybrid material systems, such as combinations of tungsten foils and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), are replacing metal alloy concepts in spacecraft enclosures. However, a good adhesion between the tungsten oxide scale and the epoxy resin used is required. Here, the effects of a hydrofluoric-nitric-sulphuric-acid (HFNS) treatment on tungsten oxides and subsequent adhesion to CFRP are analysed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and fracture testing. The work shows that HFNS treatment results in decreased oxygen content, over 50% thinner tungsten trioxide (WO3) layer and increased nano-roughness on thin tungsten foils. Fracture testing established a 39% increase in the average critical strain for tungsten-CFRP specimens after HFNS treatment was carried out on tungsten. The effect of the oxide scale modification regarding the critical strain energy release rate was ΔGc≈ 8.4 J/m2.

  18. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Aligned Natural Fibre Composites

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    Rask, Morten

    expected based on tests of single fibres. 3) Compared to continuous glass fibres, natural fibres are relatively short, which makes it difficult to achieve an optimized fibre architecture. 4) Natural fibres are hydrophilic, meaning that they do not bond well with standard polymer matrix systems, most of...... failure. Since individual natural fibres are relatively short (50-70mm), they are traditionally spun into fibre yarns in order to be able to handle the fibres. However, spinning the fibres effectively equates to introducing a large amount of fibre misalignment, which decreases the composite stiffness...

  19. Characterisation of Flax Fibres and Flax Fibre Composites. Being cellulose based sources of materials

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    Aslan, Mustafa

    growing interest among composite manufacturers for such low-cost and low-weight cellulosic fibre composites. In addition, wood and plant fibre based composites with thermoplastic polymeric matrices are recyclable, and they are cost attractive alternatives to oil based fibre reinforced polymer composites......Cellulosic fibres, like wood and plant fibres, have the potential for use as load-bearing constituents in composite materials due to their attractive properties such as high stiffness-to-weight ratio that makes cellulosic fibre composites ideal for many structural applications. There is thus a...... that currently have the largest market share for composite applications. However, the most critical limitation in the use of cellulosic fibre composites for structural applications is the lack of well described fibre properties, in particular, the tensile strength. This is due to variations in fibre...

  20. Chalcogenide-tellurite composite microstructured optical fibre

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    Kohoutek, T.; Duan, Z.; Kawashima, H.; Yan, X.; Suzuki, T.; Matsumoto, M.; Misumi, Takashi; Ohishi, Y.

    2012-02-01

    We report on fabrication a composite microstructured optical fibre composed of highly nonlinear chalcogenide Ge-Ga- Sb-S glass core and tellurite TeO2-ZnO-Li20-Bi2O3 glass clad. We aimed at obtaining more flattened chromatic dispersion for pumping chalcogenide glass based optical fibre by a pulse laser at current telecommunication wavelengths, i.e. λ = 1.35 - 1.7 μm, which is difficult to achieve by using a single material chalcogenide fibers due to their high refractive index (n > 2.1). A fibre design exploiting a composite of two glasses and one ring of the air holes brings similar options for tuning the fibre dispersion such as use of complex multi rings of air-holes approach. A good choice of glasses, allows for fabricating a composite chalcogenide-tellurite optical fibre benefiting from high nonlinearity of chalcogenide core glass but exploiting a tellurite glass technology and fibre drawing. In the paper, we discuss some aspects of CMOF design concerning current chalcogenide and tellurite glass choice. Also, we show the supercontinuum spectra recorded from current chalcogenide-tellurite CMOF pumped with a custom made femtosecond fibre laser at λ = 1.55 μm with the pulse duration of 400 fs.

  1. Reinforcing of Cement Composites by Estabragh Fibres

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    Merati, A. A.

    2014-04-01

    The influence of Estabragh fibres has been studied to improve the performance characteristics of the reinforced cement composites. The concrete shrinkage was evaluated by counting the number of cracks and measuring the width of cracks on the surface of concrete specimens. Although, the Estabragh fibres lose their strength in an alkali environment of cement composites, but, the ability of Estabragh fibres to bridge on the micro cracks in the concrete matrix causes to decrease the width of the cracks on the surface of the concrete samples in comparison with the plain concrete. However, considering the mechanical properties of specimens such as bending strength and impact resistance, the specimens with 0.25 % of Estabragh fibre performed better in all respects compared to the physical and mechanical properties of reinforced cement composite of concrete. Consequently, by adding 0.25 % of Estabragh fibres to the cement composite of concrete, a remarkable improvement in physical and mechanical properties of fibre-containing cement composite is achieved.

  2. Determination of the morphological textures of fibres in a composite material made from a textile of AISI 316L fibres

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    The orientation distribution (morphological texture) of fibres in a composite is very important in determining the properties of the material. Therefore, methods which can provide quantitative descriptions of the morphological texture are essential. One approach to determining the morphological texture function (MTF) is to measure the orientation distribution of the crystals in the fibres. Since many types of fibres used for reinforcements are crystalline and textured (i.e. carbon fibres, steel fibres, etc.) this approach may be interesting for commercial/industrial applications. For this technique to be applied, the crystallographic texture intrinsic to the fibres must be determined and subsequently, measurements of the 'global' crystallographic texture should be made in the composite. The morphological texture can then be calculated by a deconvolution of the composite texture with the fibre's crystallographic texture. The deconvolution is most easily performed using the series expansion representation of texture functions. In this paper, the morphological texture was determined in a woven fabric made from bundle drawn AISI 316L stainless steel fibres embedded in an Al-13wt% Si alloy matrix. Straight fibres removed from the fabric serve as the reference material for the deconvolution. Neutron diffraction pole figures were used to determine the MTF's. (orig.)

  3. Etude expérimentale et numérique de l'écrasement de stratifiés composites à base de fibres de carbone

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    Israr Ahmad, Haris Ahmad Bin

    2014-01-01

    L’un des défis de la simulation numérique de la résistance au crash des structures composites est de pouvoir prédire les endommagements, leur évolution au cours de l’écrasement et l'énergie absorbée, à partir d'un nombre limité de propriétés matériau. Le but de cette étude est d'améliorer la compréhension des mécanismes élémentaires impliqués dans l'écrasement de stratifiés de plis unidirectionnels à base de fibres de carbone et de développer un modèle numérique. Des essais sont réalisés à...

  4. Hybrid Composite Structures: Multifunctionality through Metal Fibres

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    Ahmed, T.

    2009-01-01

    The introduction of fibre reinforced polymer composites into the wings and fuselages of the newest aircraft are changing the design and manufacturing approach. Composites provide greater freedom to designers who want to improve aircraft performance in an affordable way. In this quest, researchers ar

  5. The usability of recycled carbon fibres in short fibre thermoplastics: interfacial properties

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    Burn, D.T.; Harper, Lee Thomas; Johnson, M.; Warrior, N. A.; Nagel, U.; Yang, L.; Thomason, J.

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of combining discontinuous recycled carbon fibres with polypropylene, to produce a low-cost, high specific stiffness material for high-volume applications. The inherent low affinity of carbon fibre and polypropylene motivated a detailed study of the surface characteristics of carbon fibre and interfacial behaviour between the two materials, using the microbond test. The effects of removing the sizing from the fibres, as well as in...

  6. Preparation & characterization of SiO2 interface layer by dip coating technique on carbon fibre for Cf/SiC composites

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    Carbon fibres (Cf) are one of the most important reinforced materials for ceramic matrix composites such as Cf - SiC composites and they are generally sought for high temperature applications in as space application, nuclear reactor and automobile industries. But the major problem arise when Cf reinforced composites exposed to high temperature in an oxidizing environment, Cf react with oxygen and burnt away. In present work, we have studied the effect of silica (SiO2) coating as a protective coating on Cf for the Cf / SiC composites. The silica solution prepared by the sol-gel process and coating on Cf is done by dip coating technique with varying the withdrawing speed i.e. 2, 5, 8 mm/s with fixed dipping cycle (3 Nos.). The uniform silica coating on the Cf is shown by the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis. The tensile test shows the increase in tensile strength with respect to increase in withdrawing speed. The isothermal oxidation analysis confirmed enhancement of oxidation resistance of silica coated Cf as compared tothe uncoated Cf

  7. Preparation & characterization of SiO{sub 2} interface layer by dip coating technique on carbon fibre for C{sub f}/SiC composites

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    Kumar, Kundan, E-mail: kundanemails@gmail.com [Fusion Reactor Material Development & Characterization Division, Institute for Plasma Research, GIDC Electronics Estate, Sector-25, Gandhinagar-382016 (India); Centre for Nanotechnology, Central University of Jharkhand, Ratu-Lohardaga Road, Brambe, Ranchi-835205 INDIA (India); Jariwala, C., E-mail: chetan@ipr.res.in; Pillai, R.; Chauhan, N.; Raole, P. M. [Fusion Reactor Material Development & Characterization Division, Institute for Plasma Research, GIDC Electronics Estate, Sector-25, Gandhinagar-382016 (India)

    2015-08-28

    Carbon fibres (C{sub f}) are one of the most important reinforced materials for ceramic matrix composites such as C{sub f} - SiC composites and they are generally sought for high temperature applications in as space application, nuclear reactor and automobile industries. But the major problem arise when C{sub f} reinforced composites exposed to high temperature in an oxidizing environment, C{sub f} react with oxygen and burnt away. In present work, we have studied the effect of silica (SiO{sub 2}) coating as a protective coating on C{sub f} for the C{sub f} / SiC composites. The silica solution prepared by the sol-gel process and coating on C{sub f} is done by dip coating technique with varying the withdrawing speed i.e. 2, 5, 8 mm/s with fixed dipping cycle (3 Nos.). The uniform silica coating on the C{sub f} is shown by the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis. The tensile test shows the increase in tensile strength with respect to increase in withdrawing speed. The isothermal oxidation analysis confirmed enhancement of oxidation resistance of silica coated C{sub f} as compared tothe uncoated C{sub f}.

  8. Natural fibre composites for 3D Printing

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    Pandey, Kapil

    2015-01-01

    3D printing has been common option for prototyping. Not all the materials are suitable for 3D printing. Various studies have been done and still many are ongoing regarding the suitability of the materials for 3D printing. This thesis work discloses the possibility of 3D printing of certain polymer composite materials. The main objective of this thesis work was to study the possibility for 3D printing the polymer composite material composed of natural fibre composite and various different ...

  9. Hybrid Composite Structures: Multifunctionality through Metal Fibres

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    Ahmed, T

    2009-01-01

    The introduction of fibre reinforced polymer composites into the wings and fuselages of the newest aircraft are changing the design and manufacturing approach. Composites provide greater freedom to designers who want to improve aircraft performance in an affordable way. In this quest, researchers are looking to the area of multifunctional structures, which represents a new manufacturing and integration methodology. Composite materials are ideally suited to achieve multifunctionality because t...

  10. Fracture characterisation of short bamboo fibre reinforced polyester composites

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    In the study, fracture behaviour of short bamboo fibre reinforced polyester composites is investigated. The matrix is reinforced with fibres ranging from 10 to 50, 30 to 50 and 30 to 60 vol.% at increments of 10 vol.% for bamboo fibres at 4, 7 and 10 mm lengths respectively. The results reveal that at 4 mm of fibre length, the increment in fibre content deteriorates the fracture toughness. As for 7 and 10 mm fibre lengths, positive effect of fibre reinforcement is observed. The optimum fibre content is found to be at 40 vol.% for 7 mm fibre and 50 vol.% for 10 mm fibre. The highest fracture toughness is achieved at 10 mm/50 vol.% fibre reinforced composite, with 340% of improvement compared to neat polyester. Fractured surfaces investigated through the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) describing different failure mechanisms are also reported.

  11. Microstructure characterization of advanced protective Cr/CrN+a-C:H/a-C:H:Cr multilayer coatings on carbon fibre composite (CFC).

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    Major, L; Janusz, M; Lackner, J M; Kot, M; Major, B

    2016-06-01

    Studies of advanced protective chromium-based coatings on the carbon fibre composite (CFC) were performed. Multidisciplinary examinations were carried out comprising: microstructure transmission electron microscopy (TEM, HREM) studies, micromechanical analysis and wear resistance. Coatings were prepared using a magnetron sputtering technique with application of high-purity chromium and carbon (graphite) targets deposited on the CFC substrate. Selection of the CFC for surface modification in respect to irregularities on the surface making the CFC surface more smooth was performed. Deposited coatings consisted of two parts. The inner part was responsible for the residual stress compensation and cracking initiation as well as resistance at elevated temperatures occurring namely during surgical tools sterilization process. The outer part was responsible for wear resistance properties and biocompatibility. Experimental studies revealed that irregularities on the substrate surface had a negative influence on the crystallites growth direction. Chromium implanted into the a-C:H structure reacted with carbon forming the cubic nanocrystal chromium carbides of the Cr23 C6 type. The cracking was initiated at the coating/substrate interface and the energy of brittle cracking was reduced because of the plastic deformation at each Cr interlayer interface. The wear mechanism and cracking process was described in micro- and nanoscale by means of transmission electron microscope studies. Examined materials of coated CFC type would find applications in advanced surgical tools. PMID:26788794

  12. Low temperature properties of carbon fibre reinforced epoxide resins

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    The material properties of carbon fibre reinforced epoxide resins are studied for applications at room temperature, as well as the high ratio of strength and stiffness to specific weight in structures. The test equipment, the specimens and the manufacturing procedures are described. Test equipment for low temperatures are illustrated in photos and charts. Results of mechanical and thermal tests are given and an investigation on lugs for a cryogenic tank for space application is proposed. Conclusions include the fact that most mechanical properties of unidirectional carbon fibre reinforced composites show higher values at low temperatures. Results of fatigue tests with glass-, carbon- and aramid compositions (Lugs) show a remarkable increase in fatigue life at low temperatures relative to room temperature

  13. Electron processing of fibre-reinforced advanced composites

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    Advanced composites, such as carbon-fibre-reinforced epoxies, are used in the aircraft, aerospace, sporting goods, and transportation industries. Though thermal curing is the dominant industrial process for advanced composites, electron curing of similar composites containing acrylated epoxy matrices has been demonstrated by our work. The main attraction of electron processing technology over thermal technology is the advantages it offers which include ambient temperature curing, reduced curing times, reduced volatile emissions, better material handling, and reduced costs. Electron curing technology allows for the curing of many types of products, such as complex shaped, those containing different types of fibres and up to 15 cm thick. Our work has been done principally with the AECL's 10 MeV, 1 kW electron accelerator; we have also done some comparative work with an AECL Gammacell 220. In this paper we briefly review our work on the various aspects of electron curing of advanced composites and their properties. (Author)

  14. Towards Applying The Boothroyd, Dewhurst and Knight Methodology for Cost Estimation on Fibre Composite Manufacturing - A Theoretical Approach

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    Henriksson, Fredrik; Johansen, Kerstin

    2014-01-01

    Increased usage of carbon fibre composite poses challenges for the automotive industry; one is to manage carbon fibre composites within the product development process. This paper combines knowledge in design engineering, material science and production technology, aiming to bridge these domains. The study indicates that mass production methods suitable for carbon fibre have several factors in common with traditional polymer production methods. Thus, it is possible that DfMA methods for tradi...

  15. Influence of Fibre Architecture on Mechanical Properties of Jute Fibre Reinforced Composites

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    Hasan, Md Rejaul

    2013-01-01

    Jute fibre reinforced epoxy based composites were manufactured by vacuum bagging method using three different jute fibre structures; woven fabric, non-woven mat and carded sliver. The composites were made using different number of layers of reinforcing materials. Then the tensile test on composite laminates was conducted in different directions of composites according to ASTM D 3039 standards. The tensile properties were evaluated as a function of fibre architecture (woven, non-woven and sliv...

  16. Short Fibre and Particulate-reinforced Rubber Composites

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    Kavita Agarwal

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Particulate fillers (carbon black and silica and short fibre (aromatic polyamide, Kevlar have been utilised to produce rubber composites based on acrylonitrile-co-butadiene rubber (NBR. Mechanical properties of these composites have been determined and compared with unfilled rubber vulcanisate. The effect of surface treatment on the improvement of strength, in case of Kevlar, has also been considered. The influence of elevated temperature on tear strength, an important failure criterion, has been evaluated. Scanning electron microscopy has been used as a tool to correlate the topographical features associated with changes in the tear strength of the composites.

  17. The effect of self-healing hollow fibres on the mechanical properties of polymer composites

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    This paper presents an experimental study into the effect of self-healing hollow fibres on the mechanical properties and delamination resistance of carbon-epoxy composite panels and bonded joints. Hollow fibres made using thin-walled glass tubes are used in microvascular self-healing systems for the storage and transport of liquid reagents for autonomic repair of composite materials. This study shows that hollow fibres located along the mid-thickness plane of the composite material cause no change or a small loss (less than a few per cent) to the in-plane elastic modulus. The tension and compression strengths are not changed when hollow fibres are aligned parallel to the loading direction, but the strength properties are reduced when the fibres are normal to the load. The strength loss is caused by changes to the composite microstructure (e.g. increased ply waviness). The mode I delamination toughness increases with fibre diameter, with improvements up to ∼ 50%. The tensile (pull-off) strength of composite T-joints is not affected by hollow fibres at the bond-line. However, the fibres increase the failure strain and total work energy-to-failure of the joints up to 100% due to several bond-line toughening processes. The results can be used in the determination of the optimum size and orientation of hollow fibres for vascular self-healing systems in structural composite materials and joints

  18. Experimental Investigation on Effect of Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Fibres on the Behavior of Plain Cement Mortar Composite Round Bars under Direct Tension

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    Hunashyal, A. M.; Sagar V. Tippa; S. S. Quadri; Banapurmath, N. R.

    2011-01-01

    This paper investigates the behavior of reinforced cement mortar composite round bars with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and carbon fibers (CFs). The percentage of CFs was fixed at 2.25 wt% of cement, while the percentage of MWCNTs was fixed at 0.5, by wt% of cement. Dispersion of both MWCNTs and CFs was carried out using ultrasonic energy method. Composite round bars were tested under direct tension in order to evaluate their mechanical properties such as ultimate load, deflection cr...

  19. New concepts in natural fibre composites

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    Berglund, L. [Royal Inst. of Technology, Dept. of Fiber and Polymer Technonogy, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2006-07-01

    Natural fiber composites based on cellulosic fibres are of technical and scientific interest. The potential for high mechanical performance exists since the basic reinforcing building block, cellulose microfibrils, have high strength and stiffness. A unified view of the relationship between lignocellulosic fiber structure and properties is suggested. Nano-scale phenomena related to films and composites based on microfibrillated cellulose are discussed. Focus on such phenomena is suggested as a strategy with the goal of improved performance of natural fiber composites. In particular, nano-scale structural control is suggested as a means to address the reduction in fiber strength caused by microscale defects. (au)

  20. Continuous jute fibre reinforced laminated paper composite and reinforcement-fibre free paper laminate

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    B B Verma

    2009-12-01

    Plastic bags create a serious environmental problem. The proposed jute fibre reinforced laminated paper composite and reinforcement-fibre free paper laminate may help to combat the war against this pollutant to certain extent. The paper laminate, without reinforcement fibre, exhibited a few fold superiority in tensile properties than single paper strip. The studies further show that an appreciable improvement in tensile properties can be achieved by introducing continuous jute fibre in paper laminates.

  1. Creep Strength of Discontinuous Fibre Composites

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    Pedersen, Ole Bøcker

    1974-01-01

    relation between stress and strain rate. Expressions for the interface stress, the creep velocity profile adjacent to the fibres and the creep strength of the composite are derived. Previous results for the creep strength, sc = aVfs0 ( \\frac[( Î )\\dot] [( Î )\\dot] 0 )1/nr1 + 1/n c=Vf001n1+1n in which[( Î...... )\\dot] is the composite creep rate,V f is the fibre volume fraction,sgr 0,epsi 0 andn are the constants in the matrix creep law. The creep strength coefficient agr is found to be very weakly dependent onV f and practically independent ofn whenn is greater than about 6....

  2. Applications of magnetically active fibre reinforced composites

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    Etches, Julie; Bond, Ian; Mellor, Philip

    2005-05-01

    As the application of fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRP) becomes more widespread there is a desire to add functionality beyond that of simple mechanical properties in order to facilitate the development of 'smart' materials. For example, the functionality being discussed in this paper is the imparting of significant magnetic properties to a FRP. This can take the form of soft magnetic performance for use in electrical machines or hard magnetic performance for novel forms of sensing or power generation. It has been demonstrated that by using hollow glass fibres as a reinforcement, magnetic material can be introduced into these fibres without significant effects on the structural behaviour of the FRP. The current studies have included the assessment of such a magnetic FRP in a variety of applications. The addition of hard magnetic materials, e.g. magnetite and barium ferrite, has been achieved through the use of nanopowders and the resulting FRP has been assessed for morphing structures applications. The magnitude of magnetic performance that can be currently achieved is controlled by the availability of suitable magnetic materials in fine powder form and the volume of magnetic material which can be incorporated within the fibres.

  3. An overview of nuclear micro-beam analysis of surface and bulk fuel retention in carbon-fibre composites from Tore Supra

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    Surface and bulk retention of deuterium in tiles of the pump limiter from Tore Supra was examined with nuclear reaction analysis using both standard and micro-beam techniques. The aim was to determine the variations in the content and distribution of fuel species in carbon-fibre composites. On plasma-facing surfaces from the deposition zone, the D content reaches 2.5 x 1019 cm-2 in about 8 μm thick top layer, but lateral differences reach even more than one order of magnitude. This is also measured in the erosion zone: 6.6 x 1017 cm-2 to 7.7 x 1018 cm-2 D atoms. Bulk content was examined on cross-sections opened by fracturing the tiles. Fuel is detected up to the depth of 1-1.5 mm beneath the plasma-facing surface in tiles from both the erosion and deposition zones. It occurs in bands, about 100 μm wide and several mm long, roughly parallel to the original plasma-facing surface.

  4. Influence of interface waviness on delamination characteristics and correlation of through-thickness tensile failure with mode I energy release rates in carbon fibre textile composites

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    Highlights: • Through thickness characteristics of textile reinforced CFRP are investigated. • Modes I and II characteristics are determined using different standard approaches. • An influence of the interface orientation on delamination behaviour is identified. • In situ and ex situ computed tomography approach is compared. • A correlation between GIC values and through thickness tension results is found. - Abstract: The delamination initiation and propagation behaviour of layer-wise 3D-textile reinforced carbon fibre/epoxy composites is investigated by through-thickness (TT) tension tests as well as Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) and End-Notch Flexure (ENF) experiments. Different standardised approaches to determine modes I and II strain energy release rates are applied and compared. The results clearly indicate a dependency of the delamination propagation characteristics on the propagation direction, induced by the textile architecture and the according interface waviness. In situ and ex situ computed tomography (CT) is used to investigate TT tensile failure characteristics. The statistical distribution has been investigated considering Gauss and Weibull approaches. A correlation is drawn between the mode I energy release rate derived from the TT testing and traditionally determined values based on DCB testing

  5. Modelling the side impact of carbon fibre tubes

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    Metallic tubes have been extensively studied for their crashworthiness as they closely resemble automotive crash rails. Recently, the demand to improve fuel economy and reduce vehicle emissions has led automobile manufacturers to explore the crash properties of light weight materials such as fibre reinforced polymer composites, metallic foams and sandwich structures in order to use them as crash barriers. This paper discusses the response of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) tubes and their failure mechanisms during side impact. The energy absorption of CFRP tubes is compared to similar Aluminium tubes. The response of the CFRP tubes during impact was modelled using Abaqus finite element software with a composite fabric material model. The material inputs were given based on standard tension and compression test results and the in-plane damage was defined based on cyclic shear tests. The failure modes and energy absorption observed during the tests were well represented by the finite element model.

  6. The influence of the Ni layer covering carbon fibre on the AK132 matrix structure

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    A. Zyska; Z. Konopka; M. Łągiewka

    2007-01-01

    The quality and the quantity assessment of the structure of the AlSi13Cu2 alloy matrix composites reinforced with carbon fibre in the amount of 5, 10, or 15 vol. percent has been presented. Due to the poor wettability of carbon fibre by molten AlSi alloy and the low castability of the examined composites, the Ni-covered fibre with 0.25 μm thick Ni layer has been used and the pressure casting technology has been employed. The chemical interaction between Ni layer and the molten AlSi alloy has ...

  7. Control of interfaces in Al-C fibre composites

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    Warrier, S. G.; Blue, C. A.; Lin, R. Y.

    1993-01-01

    The interface of Al-C fiber composite was modified by coating a silver layer on the surface of carbon fibres prior to making composites, in an attempt to improve the wettability between molten aluminum and carbon fibers during infiltration. An electroless plating technique was adopted and perfected to provide a homogeneous silver coating on the carbon fiber surface. Al-C fiber composites were prepared using a liquid infiltration technique in a vacuum. It was found that silver coating promoted the wetting between aluminum and carbon fibers, particularly with polyacrylonitrile-base carbon fibers. However, due to rapid dissolution of silver in molten aluminum, it was believed that the improved infiltration was not due to the wetting behavior between molten aluminum and silver. The cleaning of the fiber surface and the preservation of the cleaned carbon surface with silver coating was considered to be the prime reason for the improved wettability. Interfacial reactions between aluminum and carbon fibers were observed. Amorphous carbon was found to react more with aluminum than graphitic carbon. This is believed to be because of the inertness of the graphitic basal planes.

  8. Characterisation of the mechanical and fracture properties of a uni-weave carbon fibre/epoxy non-crimp fabric composite

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    Thomas Bru; Peter Hellström; Renaud Gutkin; Dimitra Ramantani; Göran Peterson

    2016-01-01

    A complete database of the mechanical properties of an epoxy polymer reinforced with uni-weave carbon fibre non-crimp fabric (NCF) is established. In-plane and through-the-thickness tests were performed on unidirectional laminates under normal loading and shear loading. The response under cyclic shear loading was also measured. The material has been characterised in terms of stiffness, strength, and failure features for the different loading cases. The critical energy release rates associated...

  9. Fatigue damage propagation in unidirectional glass fibre reinforced composites

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    Hansen, Jens Zangenberg; Alzamora Guzman, Vladimir Joel; Østergaard, R.C.;

    2012-01-01

    Damage progression in unidirectional glass fibre reinforced composites exposed to tension fatigue is investigated, and a quantitative explanation is given for the observed stiffness loss. The stiffness degradation during fatigue is directly related to fibre breaks in the load-carrying axial fibre...... bundles. The underlying mechanisms are examined using digital microscopy, and it is postulated that fatigue damage initiates due to stress concentrations between the backing (transverse) layer and the unidirectional layer, followed by a cyclic fretting and axial fibre debonding. This fretting mechanism...... needs further attention and understanding in order to improve the fatigue life-time of glass fibre reinforced composites....

  10. Catalytic carbon deposition on 3-dimensional carbon fibre supports

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    Thornton, Matthew James

    2005-01-01

    Catalytic carbon deposition reactions, using methane, ethane or synthetic natural gas (1.8 vol. % propane, 6.7 vol. % ethane and balance methane) as the carbon-containing gas feedstock with or without the addition of hydrogen, have been investigated over nickel, cobalt and iron catalysts supported on 3-dimensional carbon fibre supports, using both a horizontal tube furnace and an isothermal, isobaric induction furnace. The transition metal catalysts were prepared by impregnating 3-dimens...

  11. Electrodeposition of Nickel onto 12K Carbon Fibre Tow in a Continuous Manner

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    Pierozynski, Boguslaw

    2012-01-01

    Nickel-coated carbon fibre (NiCCF) is an important composite material, which finds nu- merous engineering applications, primarily within: computer, telecommunication, automotive and military industries. In general, NiCCF can be produced by one of the three methods, namely: chemical vapour deposition (CVD), electroless, and electrochemical (galvanic) deposition of Ni on a carbon fibre tow material. The present paper reports a study of the process of nickel electrodeposition (at ultrathin layer...

  12. The effect of fibre orientation on a TWCP composite

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    Multiple authors have shown that orientation can greatly affect the shock profiles seen in composites. Carbon fibre composites are employed in multiple sectors, with their use in the aerospace industry becoming more prevalent. An angle of 20° between the outer surface and the weave direction has been shown to provide a good compromise between strength and ablation, making orientation an important property. Using a single stage gas gun with manganin pressure gauges the shock response of both a 90° and 45° layup TWCP composite was investigated up to a particle velocity of approximately 1 mm μs−1, in both the Us-up and pressure-volume planes. Comparisons in terms of shock propagation were also made with a previously investigated TWCP orientation of 0° . This allowed a detailed interrogation of the effects of weave orientation in this important TWCP composite to be made. It was found that the shock response was not greatly altered by orientation of the carbon fibre weave above a certain particle velocity. This was due to the 90° behaving elastically until a particle velocity of 0.6 mm μs−1. Above this value the experimental data had very little deviation regardless of the angle.

  13. Quantitative analysis of the fibre content distribution in CFRP composites using thermal non-destructive testing

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    G. Wróbel

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The primary purpose of present study was to determine the fibre content distribution in CFRP composites using thermal non-destructive testing.Design/methodology/approach: The experiments have been performed using transient thermography to obtain the thermograms for CFRP and neat resin specimens. From recorded thermograms, the thermal diffusivity values were determined for all materials under investigation and for two different preheating conditions to verify the effect of preheating conditions on obtained results.Findings: It was found from obtained results that composites with different carbon fibre content had different values of thermal diffusivity. Relationship showed that the thermal diffusivity was a linear function of fibre content in considered materials. It was also found from investigated neat resin specimens that the thermal diffusivity measurement was affected by specimen thickness.Research limitations/implications: Developed relationships between thermal diffusivity and carbon fibre content is not generalized for all types of CFRP composites (manufactured using a different technology or of different thickness, such specific relationships should be determined for any other composite.Practical implications: The results obtained from present experiment would be of great importance in the industrial or laboratory applications to evaluate the fibre content distribution in carbon/epoxy composites.Originality/value: Originality of the present paper is about applying the thermal non-destructive testing to determine the fibre content distribution in CFRP composites.

  14. Manufacturing Titanium Metal Matrix Composites by Consolidating Matrix Coated Fibres

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    Hua-Xin PENG

    2005-01-01

    Titanium metal matrix composites (TiMMCs) reinforced by continuous silicon carbide fibres are being developed for aerospace applications. TiMMCs manufactured by the consolidation of matrix-coated fibre (MCF) method offer optimum properties because of the resulting uniform fibre distribution, minimum fibre damage and fibre volume fraction control. In this paper, the consolidation of Ti-6Al-4V matrix-coated SiC fibres during vacuum hot pressing has been investigated. Experiments were carried out on multi-ply MCFs under vacuum hot pressing (VHP). In contrast to most of existing studies, the fibre arrangement has been carefully controlled either in square or hexagonal arraysthroughout the consolidated sample. This has enabled the dynamic consolidation behaviour of MCFs to be demonstrated by eliminating the fibre re-arrangement during the VHP process. The microstructural evolution of the matrix coating was reported and the deformation mechanisms involved were discussed.

  15. Characterisation of the mechanical and fracture properties of a uni-weave carbon fibre/epoxy non-crimp fabric composite.

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    Bru, Thomas; Hellström, Peter; Gutkin, Renaud; Ramantani, Dimitra; Peterson, Göran

    2016-03-01

    A complete database of the mechanical properties of an epoxy polymer reinforced with uni-weave carbon fibre non-crimp fabric (NCF) is established. In-plane and through-the-thickness tests were performed on unidirectional laminates under normal loading and shear loading. The response under cyclic shear loading was also measured. The material has been characterised in terms of stiffness, strength, and failure features for the different loading cases. The critical energy release rates associated with different failure modes in the material were measured from interlaminar and translaminar fracture toughness tests. The stress-strain data of the tensile, compressive, and shear test specimens are included. The load-deflection data for all fracture toughness tests are also included. The database can be used in the development and validation of analytical and numerical models of fibre reinforced plastics (FRPs), in particular FRPs with NCF reinforcements. PMID:26958626

  16. Characterisation of the mechanical and fracture properties of a uni-weave carbon fibre/epoxy non-crimp fabric composite

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    Thomas Bru

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A complete database of the mechanical properties of an epoxy polymer reinforced with uni-weave carbon fibre non-crimp fabric (NCF is established. In-plane and through-the-thickness tests were performed on unidirectional laminates under normal loading and shear loading. The response under cyclic shear loading was also measured. The material has been characterised in terms of stiffness, strength, and failure features for the different loading cases. The critical energy release rates associated with different failure modes in the material were measured from interlaminar and translaminar fracture toughness tests. The stress–strain data of the tensile, compressive, and shear test specimens are included. The load–deflection data for all fracture toughness tests are also included. The database can be used in the development and validation of analytical and numerical models of fibre reinforced plastics (FRPs, in particular FRPs with NCF reinforcements.

  17. The Chemical Composition of Grape Fibre

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    Jolana Karovičová; Zlatica Kohajdová; Lucia Minarovičová; Veronika Kuchtová

    2015-01-01

    Dietary fibres from cereals are much more used than dietary fibres from fruits; however, dietary fibres from fruits have better quality. In recent years, for economic and environmental reasons, there has been a growing pressure to recover and exploit food wastes. Grape fibre is used to fortify baked goods, because the fibre can lower blood sugar, cut cholesterol and may even prevent colon cancer. Grape pomace is a functional ingredient in bakery goods to increase total phenolic content and di...

  18. Reinforcing effect of nanosilica on polypropylene-nylon fibre composite

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    Polymer composites reinforced by both the micro and nano fillers is the subject of this paper. Polypropylene (PP)-nylon micro-fibre composites modified with nanosilica and modified nanosilica (using silane coupling agent) were prepared by melt compounding. The nanosilica prepared in the laboratory was used as reinforcing filler in PP-nylon fibre composites. The compounding characteristics and mechanical properties of the composites were studied. The equilibrium torque during compounding increased with the addition of nanosilica and modified nanosilica. The use of two types of fillers leads to synergistic effect on the mechanical properties of the composite. Composites with 1 wt.% nanosilica and 30 wt.% nylon fibre show high tensile strength, tensile modulus, flexural strength and flexural modulus. Composites modified with 1 wt.% nanosilica and 10 wt.% nylon fibre-PP composite show higher impact strength.

  19. Analysis of Composite Material Blended With Thermoplastics and Jute Fibre

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    Venugopal S

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Recently natural fibres have been receiving considerable attention as substitutes for synthetic fibre reinforcements due to their low cost, low density, acceptable specific strength, good thermal insulation properties, reduced tool wear, reduced thermal and respiratory irritation and renewable resources. The aim of this work is to develop chemically treated and chemically untreated fibre reinforced composite material with optimum properties so that it can replace the existing synthetic fibre reinforced composite material for a suitable application. In this work, polyester resin has been reinforced with jute fabric, so as to develop jute fibre reinforced plastic (JFRP with a weight ratio of 10:1:1 Hand lay-up technique was used to manufacture the composites where Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide and cobalt Naphthalene were used as coupling agent and accelerator respectively. The thickness of the composite specimen was obtained by laying up layer of fibre and matrix. The untreated composites have been used and mechanical properties are compared with natural fibre and jute fibre composite by using the Ansys method.

  20. Soft x-ray spectromicroscopy of wood fibre composites

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    Understanding the structural properties of wood fibre composites, widely used in building and other applications, is an important area of research in devising robust new materials for a range of environmental conditions, including those encountered in developing countries. Wood fibre composites are prepared by mixing fibres with prescribed amounts of glue, but exactly where the glue distributes in relation to the fibre components is unclear. Characterisation of the bonding conditions has largely been a matter of trial and error, which is time consuming and imprecise. In soft x-ray spectromicroscopy experiments carried out at the NSLS, a range of wood fibre composites, with different glues and glue loadings, was studied in order to attempt to quantify the relative glue content in different components of the composite.

  1. Mechanical properties of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites

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    A S Singha; Vijay Kumar Thakur

    2008-10-01

    During the last few years, natural fibres have received much more attention than ever before from the research community all over the world. These natural fibres offer a number of advantages over traditional synthetic fibres. In the present communication, a study on the synthesis and mechanical properties of new series of green composites involving Hibiscus sabdariffa fibre as a reinforcing material in urea–formaldehyde (UF) resin based polymer matrix has been reported. Static mechanical properties of randomly oriented intimately mixed Hibiscus sabdariffa fibre reinforced polymer composites such as tensile, compressive and wear properties were investigated as a function of fibre loading. Initially urea–formaldehyde resin prepared was subjected to evaluation of its optimum mechanical properties. Then reinforcing of the resin with Hibiscus sabdariffa fibre was accomplished in three different forms: particle size, short fibre and long fibre by employing optimized resin. Present work reveals that mechanical properties such as tensile strength, compressive strength and wear resistance etc of the urea–formaldehyde resin increases to considerable extent when reinforced with the fibre. Thermal (TGA/DTA/DTG) and morphological studies (SEM) of the resin and biocomposites have also been carried out.

  2. Investigation of Optimum Parameters for Mechanical Properties of Ecofriendly Molded Plant Fibre Polymer Matrix Composite by Experimental Methods

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    S.BENJAMIN LAZARUS

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Natural fibre composites are mainly price-driven commodity composites, which have useable structural properties at relatively low cost. The manufacture of such types of composites are environmentally sustainable alternative to conventional composites made of glass, carbon and aramid fibres which are considered critical because of the growing environmental consciousness. Fibres derived from plants are renewable and have low levels of embodied energy compared to synthetic fibres. Therefore this research work explains the development of natural fibre composite, [9] to attain the optimum mechanical property parameters which are equivalent and better to the traditional reinforcing fibres such as glass and carbon. The research work illustrates the manufacture and tested values of one such composite manufactured from a plant fibre which is used as green manuring plant called Crotalaria juncea. Retted fibres after alkali treatment [17] is taken and plate preparation is done using polyester resin mixed with random orientation of the fibre of lengths 20,30,40 and 50mm to a weight of 21,28,31,35,42 and 45 grams as the first part. In the second part of the work woven orientation of biaxial, biaxially stitched and unidirectional mat in 2 layer and 3 layer separately and they are mixed with polyester resin and plates are prepared. Both the stages are tested for mechanical properties [10,16] such that the breakeven value of each property is analyzed, and the results acquired derive the usefulness of the material for required application.

  3. Fabrication and Sensing Performance of Smart Composite Structures Using Optical Fibre Sensors

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    C Y Wei; S W James; C C Ye; R P Tatam; P E lrving

    2000-01-01

    This paper determines the performance of Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors for strain sensing applications in carbon fibre composite materials. Carbon fibre laminates in either cross-plied or quasiisotropic stacking sequences were fabricated using T300/Hexcel 914 prepregs. The FBG optical sensors were either surface attached, or embedded within laminates. The sensor orientation was aligned either parallel or transverse to the adjacent carbon fibre layers. The composite structures with integrated FBG sensors were subjected to static tensile loading. A scanning fibre Fabry-Perot filter was used to monitor the reflected Bragg wavelengths. The optical sensor embedded between two 90° carbon fibre plies shows a high sensitivity to multi-site cracking formed in the transverse plies. The embedding in 90° plies seems to change the local stress distributions and to become a source of crack initiation. Efficient stress transfer from the host materials to the sensors is dependent upon incorporation methods, the thickness of the adhesive layers, and the location of the sensors.

  4. Low temperature electrical transport in modified carbon nanotube fibres

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    Carbon nanotube fibres are a new class of materials highly promising for many electrical/electronic applications. The range of applications could be extended through the modification of their electrical transport properties by inclusions of foreign materials. However, the changes in electrical transport are often difficult to assess. Here, we propose that the analysis of resistance–temperature dependencies of modified fibres supported by a recently developed theoretical model may aid research in this area and accelerate real life applications of the fibres

  5. Preparation Of Melt Spun Electroconductive Fine Fibres Containing Carbon Nanotubes

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    Mirjalili Mohammad; Karimi Loghman

    2015-01-01

    Preparation of electroconductive fine fibres containing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by melt spinning was the main goal of the present study. In this regard, the influence of the main operating parameters such as type of polymer used (polyester, polypropylene and polyamide), type and concentration of the CNTs on conductivity, and mechanical and thermal properties of the melt spun fibres was studied. The conductivity of melt spun fibres was measured based on the method developed by Morton and Hearl...

  6. THERMOMECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF JUTE/BAGASSE HYBRID FIBRE REINFORCED EPOXY THERMOSET COMPOSITES

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    Sudhir Kumar Saw; Chandan Datta

    2009-01-01

    Natural fibres are partly replacing currently used synthetic fibres as reinforcement for polymer composites. Jute fibre bundles were high-cellulose-content modified by alkali treatment, while the bagasse fibre bundles were modified by creating quinones in the lignin portions of fibre surfaces and reacting them with furfuryl alcohol (FA) to increase their adhesiveness. The effects of different fibre bundle loading and modification of bagasse fibre surfaces in hybrid fibre reinforced epoxy comp...

  7. Electroless plating and magnetic properties of Co–Zn–P coating on short carbon fibres

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    Xinghua Su; Chengwen Qiang

    2012-12-01

    A layer of Co–Zn–P alloys was coated on short carbon fibre (CFs) surfaces using electroless plating method. The influence of the concentration of Co2+ and Zn2+ and reaction time on the plating rate were measured by comparing the relative mass gain rate of Co–Zn–P-coated fibres with uncoated carbon fibres prepared under different conditions. The materials characterizations were analysed by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscope. The magnetic properties of Co–Zn–P/CFs composites prepared in different Zn2+ concentration baths were measured by the vibrating sample magnetometer. The best processing parameters of electroless plating of Co–Zn–P coating on short carbon fibres were obtained.

  8. Effects of fibre orientation on mechanical properties of hybrid bamboo/glass fibre polymer composites

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    B Stanly Jones Retnam; M Sivapragash; P Pradeep

    2014-08-01

    The usage of natural fibre as reinforcement in polymer composites have widely increased because of its enhanced properties. The usage of plant fibre cannot alone satisfy all the needs of the composites. Hence, introduction of hybrid plays a vital role in enhancing the mechanical properties of the FRP composites. Fibre orientation contributes significant role in improving the mechanical properties of the FRP composites. In this proposal, hybrid bamboo/glass fibre woven in different orientations such as 0°/90° and ± 45° was used and its effect on mechanical properties were studied. Composites containing hybrid fibres found to possess better mechanical properties, when compared to pure bamboo. In order to justify this, the following mechanical properties such as tensile, flexural, impact and hardness were investigated. SEM analysis shows the bonding between the matrix and reinforcement. All the above test results indicate that the introduction of natural bamboo fibre in glass reduces the overall cost of the composites with no compromise in strength and also attracted several studies covering green technologies.

  9. Fabrication and characterization of S. cilliare fibre reinforced polymer composites

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    A S Singha; Vijay Kumar Thakur

    2009-02-01

    In the recent times, there has been an ever-increasing interest in green composite materials for its applications in the field of industries, aerospace, sports, household etc and in many other fields. In this paper, fabrication of Saccharum cilliare fibre reinforced green polymer composites using resorcinol formaldehyde (RF) as a novel matrix has been reported. A systematic approach for processing of polymer is presented. Effect of fibre loading on mechanical properties like flexural, tensile, compressive and wear resistances has also been determined. Reinforcing of the RF resin with Saccharum cilliare (SC) fibre was done in the form of particle size (200 micron). Present work reveals that mechanical properties of the RF resin have been found to increase up to 30% fibre loading and then decreases. Morphological and thermal studies of the resin, fibre and particle reinforced (P-Rnf) green composites have also been studied.

  10. CHLORINE DIOXIDE TREATMENT OF SISAL FIBRE: SURFACE LIGNIN AND ITS INFLUENCES ON FIBRE SURFACE CHARACTERISTICS AND INTERFACIAL BEHAVIOUR OF SISAL FIBRE/PHENOLIC RESIN COMPOSITES

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    Linxin Zhong; Shiyu Fu; Feng Li; Huaiyu Zhan

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an investigation of the influences of chlorine dioxide treatment on fibre surface lignin. The fibre surface characteristics and the interfacial behaviour of the sisal fibre/phenolic resin composites were also studied by SEM, AFM, and XPS. The results show that the surface of the untreated fibre contains a large amount of lignin with granular structure and non-granular structure. The surface lignin concentration is up to 51% for the untreated fibre, and then it decreases t...

  11. The effect of fibre layering pattern in resisting bending loads of natural fibre-based hybrid composite materials

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    Jusoh Muhamad Shahirul Mat; Yahya Mohd Yazid; Hussein Nur Izan Syahriah

    2016-01-01

    The effect of fibre layering pattern and hybridization on the flexural properties of composite hybrid laminates between natural fibres of basalt, jute and flax with synthetic fibre of E-glass reinforced epoxy have been investigated experimentally. Results showed that the effect fibre layering pattern was highly significant on the flexural strength and modulus, which were strongly dependent on the hybrid configuration between sandwich-like (SL) and intercalation (IC) sequence of fibre layers. ...

  12. Degradation of basalt fibre and glass fibre/epoxy resin composites in seawater

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    Research highlights: → BFRP degradation process in seawater environment was first investigated. → The mass gain change includes two effects: absorption and extraction. → The interfacial adhesion of BFRP is bigger than GFRP. → After treated, the bending strength of BFRP is lower than GFRP. → Reducing the Fe2+ in the basalt fibre could lead to a higher stability of BFRP. - Abstract: Epoxy resins reinforced, respectively, by basalt fibres and glass fibres were treated with a seawater solution for different periods of time. Both the mass gain ratio and the strength maintenance ratio of the composites were examined after the treatment. The fracture surfaces were characterized using scanning electron microscopy. The tensile and bending strengths of the seawater treated samples showed a decreasing trend with treating time. In general, the anti-seawater corrosion property of the basalt fibre reinforced composites was almost the same as that of the glass fibre reinforced ones. Based on the experimental results, possible corrosion mechanisms were explored, indicating that an effective lowering of the Fe2+ content in the basalt fibre could lead to a higher stability for the basalt fibre reinforced composites in a seawater environment.

  13. Degradation of basalt fibre and glass fibre/epoxy resin composites in seawater

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    Wei Bin [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin Institute of Technology, Xili, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Cao Hailin, E-mail: caohl@hit.edu.c [Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Shenzhen Aerospace Tech-Innovation Institute, Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Composite Materials, Shenzhen 518057 (China); Song Shenhua [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin Institute of Technology, Xili, Shenzhen 518055 (China)

    2011-01-15

    Research highlights: {yields} BFRP degradation process in seawater environment was first investigated. {yields} The mass gain change includes two effects: absorption and extraction. {yields} The interfacial adhesion of BFRP is bigger than GFRP. {yields} After treated, the bending strength of BFRP is lower than GFRP. {yields} Reducing the Fe{sup 2+} in the basalt fibre could lead to a higher stability of BFRP. - Abstract: Epoxy resins reinforced, respectively, by basalt fibres and glass fibres were treated with a seawater solution for different periods of time. Both the mass gain ratio and the strength maintenance ratio of the composites were examined after the treatment. The fracture surfaces were characterized using scanning electron microscopy. The tensile and bending strengths of the seawater treated samples showed a decreasing trend with treating time. In general, the anti-seawater corrosion property of the basalt fibre reinforced composites was almost the same as that of the glass fibre reinforced ones. Based on the experimental results, possible corrosion mechanisms were explored, indicating that an effective lowering of the Fe{sup 2+} content in the basalt fibre could lead to a higher stability for the basalt fibre reinforced composites in a seawater environment.

  14. Multiwalled carbon nanotube reinforced biomimetic bundled gel fibres.

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    Kim, Young-Jin; Yamamoto, Seiichiro; Takahashi, Haruko; Sasaki, Naruo; Matsunaga, Yukiko T

    2016-08-19

    This work describes the fabrication and characterization of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC)-based biomimetic bundled gel fibres. The bundled gel fibres were reinforced with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). A phase-separated aqueous solution with MWCNT and HPC was transformed into a bundled fibrous structure after being injected into a co-flow microfluidic device and applying the sheath flow. The resulting MWCNT-bundled gel fibres consist of multiple parallel microfibres. The mechanical and electrical properties of MWCNT-bundled gel fibres were improved and their potential for tissue engineering applications as a cell scaffold was demonstrated. PMID:27200527

  15. Frottement des matériaux composites polymères à renfort fibre de carbone : expériences et modélisation

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    Smerdova, Olga; Le Bot, Alain; Cayer-Barrioz, Juliette; Sarbaev, Boris

    2011-01-01

    International audience combinaison de leurs propriétés mécaniques et thermiques avec leur faible masse. Cependant, leurs propriétés tribologiques restent largement méconnues. Dans le cadre de ce travail, l'étude expérimentale du frottement entre deux PRFC composites sous faible charge normale (jusqu'à 20N) a été réalisée. Deux effets ont été soigneusement étudiés pendant l'expérience : la fraction volumique et l'orientation des fibres. En complément de ce travail expérimental, une modélisa...

  16. Aluminum/glass fibre and aluminum/carbon fibre hybrid laminates

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    Ana STAN

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The metal/fibre hybrid laminates consist of an alternation of 0.2 ÷ 0.5 mm metallic sheets(Aluminum or Titanium in Aeronautical Engineering and pre-pregs made of unidirectional carbon oraramid or glass fibre or of the two-dimensional fabric of these materials, bonded by a polymeradhesive (epoxy, especially. Compared with the monolithic metal foils, the essential quality of thesehybrid laminates is their superior resistance to fatigue, impact and crack propagation (existing ormade by notches. The paper presents some results regarding hybrid laminates aluminium-carbonfibre and aluminum-glass fibre achieved in the CEEX project X1C05 (2005.

  17. Analysis of a Carbon Fibre Rim : Student Formula

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    Uyttersprot, Bryan

    2015-01-01

    This master’s thesis is within the context of a formula race competition between universities. The main goal is to replace the modern rims of the TAMK Student Formula car by lighter and more efficient rims. To achieve this goal, important topics such as general rim design, tyre forces, tyre moments, strength of materials, fatigue and mechanical properties of carbon fibre were examined. Carbon fibre was applied because of its decent strength, weight and fatigue characteristics. Two possib...

  18. Influence of alkali treatment and fibre length on mechanical properties of short Agave fibre reinforced epoxy composites

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    Highlights: → New renewable and biodegradable Agave americana fibre. → The mechanical properties of alkali treated composites increase 10-15% to compare untreated composites. → The influence fibre length is contributing the strength of short fibre composites. → Future scope in light weight materials manufacture. -- Abstract: Composites based on short Agave fibres (untreated and alkali treated) reinforced epoxy resin using three different fibre lengths (3 mm, 7 mm and 10 mm length) are prepared by using hand lay up and compression mould technique. The materials were characterized in terms of tensile, compressive, flexural, impact, water absorption properties and machinability behaviour. All mechanical tests showed that alkali treated fibre composites withstand more fracture strain than untreated fibre composites. As evidenced by the dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) tests, the thermo-mechanical properties of the composite with alkali treated Agave fibre were considerably good as alkali treatment had facilitated more sites of fibre resin interface. The machinability and atomic force microscope (AFM) studies were carried out to analyze the fibre-matrix interaction in untreated and alkali treated Agave fibre-epoxy composites.

  19. UNIFORMITY ASSESSMENT OF CARBON FIBRES DISPERSION IN CEMENT PASTE BY IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENTS

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    1999-01-01

    An alternating current was applied to measure the impedance of a hardened cement paste with various contents of carbon fibres.When the free water content in the hardened cement paste is 90%-98%,and the measuring frequency 500Hz,an approximate linear relationship was found between fibre content and impedance of the composite.Based on this relationship,a new attempt was made to evaluate the dispersion uniformity of carbon fibres in cement paste by impedance measurement.The standard deviation S and the coefficient of vriation S/(X-)i of impedance of the fibre-cement specimens randomly taken locating in different points were used as main parameters for the uniformity assessment.As a case,four different mixing processes were designed for dispersing carbon fibres into the cement paste.The results demonstrate that the relative longer mixing time increases the dispersion uniformity of carbon fibres in cement paste,and the addition of the water reducer dramatically improves the uniformity due to the change of the fluidity of the paste.The ground fly ash can increase the uniformity to a certain extent.

  20. Deflection analysis of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with carbon fibre reinforced polymer under long-term load action

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    Mykolas DAUGEVI(C)IUS; Juozas VALIVONIS; Gediminas MAR(C)IUKAITIS

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental research on reinforced concrete beams strengthened with an external carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) layer under long-term load action that lasted for 330 d.We describe the characteristics of deflection development of the beams strengthened with different additional anchorages of the external carbon fibre composite layer during the period of interest.The conducted experiments showed that the additional anchorage influences the slip of the extemal layer with respect to the strengthened element.Thus,concrete and carbon fibre composite interface stiffness decreases with a long-term load action.Therefore,the proposed method of analysis based on the built-up-bars theory can be used to estimate concrete and carbon fibre composite interface stiffness in the case of long-term load.

  1. Concrete reinforced by braided fibre composite rods

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    Fangueiro, Raúl; Sousa, Guilherme José Miranda de; Soutinho, Hélder Filipe Cunha; Jalali, Said; Araújo, Mário Duarte de

    2005-01-01

    One of the most serious problems affecting concrete is corrosion of the steel reinforcement. Corrosion may occur due to reaction of lime present in hydrated cement with carbon dioxide or to the action of chlorides. The braiding technique is probably the most ancient production process for textile structures. Normally used for ropes and cables, braided fabrics are also very interesting for composite reinforcements due to their characteristics: in-plane multiaxial ...

  2. Impact performance of the fibre-cement composites

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    The transition zone of short filament fibres randomly dispersed in a paste of ordinary portland cement is analysed. Composites of vegetable fibres (malva, sisal and coir) are compared with those containing chrysotile asbestos and polypropylene fibres. The series of composites are prepared to be tested at the ages of 7, 28, 90 and 180 days. The water-cement ratio is 0.38 and at the age of 28 days specimens with ratio of 0.30 and 0.46 are also tested. The backscattered electron image and energy dispersive spectroscopy identify the major properties of the fibre-matrix interface. The microstructural characteristics are directly associated with the toughness of the composites, once the energy dissipation at transition zone is confirmed. (author). 8 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  3. Effects of thermal ageing on the static and cyclic mechanical properties of carbon fibres/PDMS composites for use in medicine

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    Suchý, Tomáš; Sedláček, R.; Sucharda, Zbyněk; Balík, Karel; Bouda, T.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 16, Suppl. 1 (2013), s. 255-257. ISSN 1025-5842. [Congress of the Société de Biomécanique /38./. Marseille, 04.09.2013-06.09.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/10/1457 Institutional support: RVO:67985891 Keywords : polymeric composite * carbon fiber * sterilization * nanoindentation Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials Impact factor: 1.793, year: 2013

  4. Biodegradable composites based on L-polylactide and jute fibres

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    Plackett, David; Løgstrup Andersen, T.; Batsberg Pedersen, W.;

    2003-01-01

    Biodegradable polymers can potentially be combined with plant fibres to produce biodegradable composite materials. In our research, a commercial L-polylactide was converted to film and then used in combination with jute fibre mats to generate composites by a film stacking technique. Composite...... tensile properties were determined and tensile specimen fracture surfaces were examined using environmental scanning electron microscopy. Degradation of the polylactide during the process was investigated using size exclusion chromatography. The tensile properties of composites produced at temperatures in...... the 180-220 degreesC range were significantly higher than those of polylactide alone. Composite samples failed in a brittle fashion under tensile load and showed little sign of fibre pull-out. Examination of composite fracture surfaces using electron microscopy showed voids occurring between the jute...

  5. Hybrid yarn for thermoplastic fibre composites. Summary of technical results

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    Lystrup, Aa.

    1998-01-01

    This report is a summary of the technical results obtained within the framework program: `Hybrid Yarn for Thermoplastic Fibre Composites`. The program which started at the 15th of June 1994 and expired at the 31st of December 1997, was a framework program under the Danish Materials Technology Program, MUP2. A new type of hybrid yarn for production of fibre composites with thermoplastic matrix material is developed and tested. A hybrid yarn is a commingled textured yarn consisting of structural fibres and thermoplastic fibres. In a subsequent heating and consolidation process the plastic fibres melt and become the matrix material in the formed fibre composite material. Two types of processing technology are developed and studied: Vacuum consolidation and press consolidation. Vacuum consolidation of hybrid yarn fabrics is suitable for fabrication of larger parts such as wind turbine blades, and press consolidation is a fast process suitable for smaller parts such as automobile body parts. To demonstrate the potential for industrial use of the developed hybrid yarn and process technologies a section of a wind turbine blade, an inspection cover and a car door-post have been produced. An environmental evaluation of the manufacture of hybrid yarn and composites shows that the use of the hybrid yarn is a gain for both the working environment and the external environment, compared to the use of thermosetting polymer composites. (au)

  6. Composite second-order performance improvement in optical fibre CATV transmission system using chirped fibre grating

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    Ye Qing; Liu Feng; Cai Hai-Wen; Qu Rong-Hui; Fang Zu-Jie

    2005-01-01

    Theoretically, we analyse the dispersion compensation characteristics of the chirped fibre grating (CFG) in an optical fibre cable television (CATV) system and obtain the analytic expression of the composite second-order (CSO)distortion using the time-domain form of the field envelope wave equation. The obtained result is in good agreement with the numerical simulation result. Experimentally, we verify the result by making use of the tunable characteristics of CFG to change the dispersion compensation amount and obtain an optimal CSO performance in a 125km fibre transmission link. Both the theoretical and experimental results show that the CSO performance can be improved by properly choosing the dispersion compensation amount for a certain fibre transmission link.

  7. Effects of fibre-surface morphology on the mechanical properties of Porifera-inspired rubber-matrix composites

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    Alam, Parvez; Stillfried, Daniela Graf; Celli, Jessika; Toivakka, Martti

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, mineralised organic fibre morphologies, inspired by the structures of Porifera (sponges) are correlated to the mechanical performance of fibre reinforced rubbers. The mineralised structures are rich in calcium carbonate and silica. These compounds nucleate and precipitate on the fibre surfaces yielding different morphologies as a function of mineral ion concentrations. Smaller mineralised precipitates manifestly improve the mechanical performance of composites while thicker precipitates enveloping the fibres give rise to inferior properties. Mechanisms and evidenced reasoning for these differences are reported herein.

  8. Shape memory polymeric composites sensing by optic fibre Bragg gratings: A very first approach

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    Quadrini, Fabrizio; Santo, Loredana; Ciminello, Monica; Concilio, Antonio; Volponi, Ruggero; Spena, Paola

    2016-05-01

    Shape memory polymer composites (SMPCs) have the potential for many applications in aerospace, spanning from self-repairing of structures to self-deploying of antennas, solar sails, or functional devices (e.g. for grabbing small space debris). In all these cases, it may be essential to have information about their configuration at different stages of shape recovery. In this study, the strain history of a prepreg carbon fibre system, cured with a shape memory polymer (SMP) interlayer, is monitored through a Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG), a fibre optic sensor device. SMPC has been manufactured by using traditional technologies for aerospace. After manufacturing cylindrical shape samples, an external fibre optic system is added to the composite structure; this system is especially suited for high temperatures which are necessary for SMP recovery and composite softening. Sensor functionality is checked before and after each strain history path. Optic fibre arrangement is optimized to avoid unwanted breakings whereas strains are limited by fibre collapsing, i.e. within nominal 2% of deformation. Dynamic information about shape recovery gives fundamental insights about strain evolution during time as well as its spatial distribution.

  9. A Review of the Flammability Factors of Kenaf and Allied Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites

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    Lee, C.H.; Mohd. Sapuan Salit; M. R. Hassan

    2014-01-01

    Natural fibre is a well-known reinforcement fibre in polymer-matrix Composites (PMC) lately. Natural fibre has fast growing and abundance properties which make it available at very low cost. For kenaf fibre there is long lists of research projects which have been done regarding its behaviour, and properties and modification made to it. In this paper, fire flammability is the main concern for natural fibre reinforced polymer (NFRP) composites especially kenaf fibre. To estimate its flammabilit...

  10. Interface and internal compatibility in a copper fibre cement composite

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    Kittl, P.; Martínez, V.

    1993-01-01

    This paper presents the mechanical behaviour of a compacted composite formed by short ductile copper fibres randomly distributed in portland cement matrix. The samples, a half with fibres and the other without them, were subjected to compression fatigue. So, 1 hertz and the value of stress corresponding to the 1% of the probability of fracture by gradual load were used. Diagrams of cumulative probability of fracture against cycles are obtained for both types of samples. Scanning electron micr...

  11. Reliability approach for fibre-reinforced composites design

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    Dehmous, Hocine; Welemane, Hélène; Karama, Moussa; Aît Tahar, Kamel

    2008-01-01

    This study aims at investigating the mechanical reliability of unidirectional fibre-reinforced composites in view of their design optimization. Owing to the manufacturing process, many uncertainties affect inherently the properties of these materials. Besides, the brittle character of the fibre failure leads to important safety factors that limit their development for engineering applications. The objective is to get a realistic evaluation of the mechanical reliability of such structures whic...

  12. Influence of an Optimized Fibre Coating on Interfacial and Mechanical Properties of Glass Fibre/Polypropylene Composites

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    2002-01-01

    The influence of pretreatment of fibre on interfacial and mechanical properties of glass fibre/polypropylene composites was investigated. Firstly, the glass fibres were coated with the blends of m-IPP (maleic anhydride grafting isotatic polypropylene) and m-APP (maleic anhydride grafting amorphous polypropylene) in different ratios.Secondly, the interfacial reaction of the coated composites was analysed by FTIR, which shows that the interfacial chemical reaction between m-IPP/m-APP in the fibre coating and the fibre surface-bound coupling agent is in existence.Thirdly, the microstructure of the coated composites was studied by SEM. The results indicate that the coating treatment is effective on improving interfacial adhesion of the fibre-matrix and the right amount of m-APP added to the coat impels the plastic deformation surrounding the point of cracks, which makes cracks turn to region and prevents from further interface debonding. Lastly, the mechanical properties were evaluated by measurement of the flexural strength and impact strength of the composites. It was found that the flexural strength and impact strength of the composites with coating fibre are higher than those of uncoating fibre composite. The results of these investigations draw the conclusion that the pretreatment of fibre with m-IPP/m-APP blends can form an optimize interlayer between the fibre and the PP matrix, which improves both the strength and toughness of the composites.

  13. Low-temperature SCR of NOx with NH3 over Nomex rejects-based activated carbon fibre composite-supported manganese oxides. Part 1. Effect of pre-conditioning of the carbonaceous support

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    Nomex rejects-based activated carbon fibre composites, recently developed at our laboratory, were tested as catalytic supports for the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of nitric oxide with ammonia. Impregnation of the support was performed by equilibrium adsorption of a diluted aqueous solution of manganese acetate. Prior to impregnation, different pre-conditioning procedures of the carbonaceous support were investigated. These comprised steam activation and oxidation with air and different liquids. The modified supports were characterised by different techniques and the impregnated catalysts were tested for SCR of NO at 150C. The best catalytic results were achieved after support activation at 20wt.% (SBET∼1000m2g-1) and oxidation with nitric acid at 90C for 1-2h

  14. Service life prediction and fibre reinforced cementitious composites

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    Stoklund Larsen, E.

    , the factors affecting the pure cementitious composite are described. Different sizes and types of fibre reinforced crmentitious composites have been chosen to illustrate different ageing and deterioration mechanisms. Some ageing mechanisms can be accelerated and others cannot which is demonstrated in...

  15. Non-linear elastic behaviour of carbon fibres of different structural and mechanical characteristic

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    ISIDOR M. DJORDJEVIC

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Five types of polyacrylonitrile, PAN, based carbon fibres, differing in modulus, breaking strain and in crystallite orientation, have been studied. Non-Hookean behaviour was investigated by computing the tangent tensile and compression moduli as a function of strain, from the axial stress–strain response obtained in standard tensile, compression, as well as in modified flexural tests of unidirectional carbon/ epoxy composites. The dependences of the tensile modulus on tensile strain of the carbon fibres were extracted from data obtained in single-filament tensile tests. Analytical expressions for the tensile modulus–tensile strain and compression modulus–compression strain dependences in the performed test were deduced. The structural characterization of the carbon fibres was performed by X-ray diffraction on bundle of parallel fibres. The interlayer spacing d002 and the apparent lateral dimension of the crystallites Lc were deduced by processing the 002 diffraction profiles. The established modulus–strain dependences were correlated with the fibre characteristics (breaking strain and mean modulus values, as well as with the characteristic of the 002 diffraction profile and the d002 and Lc values.

  16. Dynamic fracture behaviour in fibre-reinforced cementitious composites

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    Yu, Rena C.; Cifuentes, Héctor; Rivero, Ignacio; Ruiz, Gonzalo; Zhang, Xiaoxin

    2016-08-01

    The object of this work is to simulate the dynamic fracture propagation in fibre-reinforced cementitious composites, in particular, in steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC). Beams loaded in a three-point bend configuration through a drop-weight impact device are considered. A single cohesive crack is assumed to propagate at the middle section; the opening of this crack is governed by a rate-dependent cohesive law; the fibres around the fracture plane are explicitly represented through truss elements. The fibre pull-out behaviour is depicted by an equivalent constitutive law, which is obtained from an analytical load-slip curve. The obtained load-displacement curves and crack propagation velocities are compared with their experimental counterparts. The good agreement with experimental data testifies to the feasibility of the proposed methodology and paves the way to its application in a multi-scale framework.

  17. Non-linear elastic behaviour of carbon fibres of different structural and mechanical characteristic

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    ISIDOR M. DJORDJEVIC; DANIELA R. SEKULIC; MOMCILO M. STEVANOVIC

    2007-01-01

    Five types of polyacrylonitrile, PAN, based carbon fibres, differing in modulus, breaking strain and in crystallite orientation, have been studied. Non-Hookean behaviour was investigated by computing the tangent tensile and compression moduli as a function of strain, from the axial stress–strain response obtained in standard tensile, compression, as well as in modified flexural tests of unidirectional carbon/ epoxy composites. The dependences of the tensile modulus on tensile strain of the ca...

  18. THERMOMECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF JUTE/BAGASSE HYBRID FIBRE REINFORCED EPOXY THERMOSET COMPOSITES

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    Sudhir Kumar Saw

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Natural fibres are partly replacing currently used synthetic fibres as reinforcement for polymer composites. Jute fibre bundles were high-cellulose-content modified by alkali treatment, while the bagasse fibre bundles were modified by creating quinones in the lignin portions of fibre surfaces and reacting them with furfuryl alcohol (FA to increase their adhesiveness. The effects of different fibre bundle loading and modification of bagasse fibre surfaces in hybrid fibre reinforced epoxy composites have been studied. The role of fibre/matrix interactions in chemically modified hybrid composites were investigated using Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Differential Thermo Gravimetry, and a Universal Tensile Machine and compared with those of unmodified bagasse fibre bundles incorporated with modified jute fibre bundles reinforced hybrid composites. Fibre surface modification reduced the hydrophilicity of fibre bundles, and significantly increased mechanical properties of hybrid composites were observed in conjunction with SEM images. The SEM analysis of the fibre and the composite fractured surfaces have confirmed the FA grafting and shown a better compatibility at the interface between chemically modified fibre bundles and epoxy resin. This paper incorporates interesting results of thermomechanical properties and evaluation of fibre/matrix interactions.

  19. Effects of hybrid composition of LCP and glass fibres on abrasive wear of reinforced LLDPE

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    S A R Hashmi; Ajay Naik; Navin Chand

    2006-02-01

    The hybrid of liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) fibres and glass fibres (GF) provide a combination of modulus and toughness to semi-crystalline linear-low-density-polyethylene (LLDPE). LCP and GF fibres reinforced composites were studied using two-body abrasion tester under different applied loads. Two sets of fibre reinforced LLDPE, 10 and 20 vol%, were investigated. The contents of LCP and glass fibres were varied as 25, 50, 75 and 100 vol% of overall volume of fibres in LLDPE. The effect of replacing glass fibre with LCP fibre on wear is reported. Wear loss increased with the applied loads and glass fibre contents in LLDPE. The replacements of glass fibres with LCP fibres improved abrasive wear resistance of composite. The composite containing 20 vol% of glass fibres in LLDPE showed the specific wear rate nearly double to that of LCP fibre reinforced LLDPE. Incorporation of LCP fibre improved wear resistance of glass fibre reinforced LLDPE. Worn surfaces were studied using SEM. Glass fibres were broken in small debris and removed easily whereas LCP fibres yielded to fibrillation during abrasive action. The overall wear rate was governed by the composition and test conditions.

  20. Scale-up activation of carbon fibres for hydrogen storage

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    Kunowsky, Mirko; Marco Lozar, Juan Pablo; Cazorla Amorós, Diego; Linares Solano, Ángel

    2009-01-01

    In a previous study, we investigated, at a laboratory scale, the chemical activation of two different carbon fibres (CF), their porosity characterization, and their optimization for hydrogen storage [1]. In the present work, this study is extended to: (i) a larger range of KOH activated carbon fibres, (ii) a larger range of hydrogen adsorption measurements at different temperatures and pressures (i.e. at room temperature, up to 20 MPa, and at 77 K, up to 4 MPa), and (iii) a scaling-up activat...

  1. Explosive emission cathode on the base of carbon plastic fibre

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    A fabrication process for explosive emission cathodes on the base of carbon plastic fibre of practically any geometrical shape and dimensions is developed. Experimental studies of electron beam current collection from cathodes, 2cm in diameter, at voltages across the diode of 10 and 150-250kV. It is shown that the ignition voltage for cathode plasma is ∼2kV at the interelectrode diode gap of 5mm and residual gas pressure of ∼5x10-5Torr. The carbon-fibre cathode, fabricated in this way, provides more stable current collection of an electron beam (without oscillations) than other cathodes

  2. Atmospheric pressure plasma surface modification of carbon fibres

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    Kusano, Yukihiro; Løgstrup Andersen, Tom; Michelsen, Poul

    2008-01-01

    Carbon fibres are continuously treated with dielectric barrier discharge plasma at atmospheric pressure in various gas conditions for adhesion improvement in mind. An x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis indicated that oxygen is effectively introduced onto the carbon fibre surfaces by He, He...... temperature for a month the O/C ratio at the plasma treated surfaces decreased to 0.151, which is close to that of the untreated ones. It can be attributed to the adsorption of hydrocarbon contamination at the plasma treated surfaces....

  3. Study on Effect of Thickness and Fibre Orientation on a Tensile and Flexural Properties of a Hybrid Composite

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    Mr. Santhosh Kumar. M

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available This project presents the study of tensile, flexural & moisture absorption properties of composites made from S-glass, Carbon and E-glass fibre. The specimens are prepared using hand lay-up techniques as per ASTM standard for different thickness 2mm and 3mm and fibre orientation of 30º, 45º and 60º, where an attempt is made to study the properties of composite materials by composing the different materials together to obtain the desired properties by increasing the thickness and fibre orientation. By the variation of thickness tensile strength of hybrid composite is observed for each thickness and is compared with the finite element analysis results. The test ready specimens were subjected to tensile and flexural loads on UTM. This research indicates that tensile strength is mainly dependent on the fiber orientation & thickness of laminated polymer composites. The moisture absorption increases with the fibre, filler content and duration of immersion in water.

  4. Effect of alkali treated jute fibres on composite properties

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    Dipa Ray; B K Sarkar; A K Rana; N R Bose

    2001-04-01

    Jute fibres were subjected to a 5% alkali (NaOH) solution treatment for 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 h at 30°C. An improvement in the crystallinity in the jute fibres increased its modulus by 12%, 68% and 79% after 4, 6 and 8 h of treatment respectively. The tenacity of the fibres improved by 46% after 6 and 8 h treatment and the % breaking strain was reduced by 23% after 8 h treatment. For the 35% composites with 4 h treated fibres, the flexural strength improved from 199.1 MPa to 238.9 MPa by 20%, modulus improved from 11.89 GPa to 14.69 GPa by 23% and laminar shear strength increased from 0.238 MPa to 0.2834 MPa by 19%. On plotting the different values of slopes obtained from the rates of improvement of the flexural strength and modulus, against the NaOH treatment time, two different failure modes were apparent before and after 4 h of treatment. In the first region between 0 and 4 h, fibre pull out was predominant whereas in the second region between 6 and 8 h, transverse fracture occurred with a minimum fibre pull out. This observation was well supported by the SEM investigations of the fracture surfaces.

  5. STRAIN HARDENING PROPERTIES OF STEEL FIBRE REINFORCED LATEX CONCRETE COMPOSITE

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    V.M. Sounthararajan

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Steel fibre addition in concrete possesses high merits in terms of achieving homogeneity and tensile strength properties. Polymeric addition in concrete has high advantages in terms of pore fillingeffect and subsequent increase in durability index. The combined addition of steel and polymeric latex additions in concrete leads to increased strength, durability, toughness, resistance to cracking and crack propagation. Studies were conducted in the present study to analyse the properties of concrete that can be further improved with the addition of polymer styrene butadiene rubber emulsion (SBR along with steel fibres. In this research analysis, styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR latex as a polymeric admixture was used in steel fibre reinforced concrete. The effect of curing conditions on the strength gain properties of composite steel fibre latex matrix on the compressive, flexural strength, and split tensile test of polymermodified steel fibre reinforced concrete (PSFC concrete was examined. Including SBR latex at a certain % of binder in the PSFC concrete improves the bonds within the cement matrix and steel fibres (SF. This is due to the SBR films formed in the matrix. By the comparison of properties of SFC and PSFC, it can be shown that a tremendous increase in compressive strength when 4% and 8% SBR is added along with 0.75% and 1.5% SF. The increase in flexural strength was noticed and post cracking ductility is imparted to concrete.

  6. CHLORINE DIOXIDE TREATMENT OF SISAL FIBRE: SURFACE LIGNIN AND ITS INFLUENCES ON FIBRE SURFACE CHARACTERISTICS AND INTERFACIAL BEHAVIOUR OF SISAL FIBRE/PHENOLIC RESIN COMPOSITES

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    Linxin Zhong

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes an investigation of the influences of chlorine dioxide treatment on fibre surface lignin. The fibre surface characteristics and the interfacial behaviour of the sisal fibre/phenolic resin composites were also studied by SEM, AFM, and XPS. The results show that the surface of the untreated fibre contains a large amount of lignin with granular structure and non-granular structure. The surface lignin concentration is up to 51% for the untreated fibre, and then it decreases to 24% and 20% for fibres treated with 1.5 % and 2.0% chlorine dioxide, respectively. The removal of lignin from the fibre surface can enhance the interfacial strength of the composites, giving rise to increases by 36% and 28% in tensile strength and internal bonding strength. These results indicate that the surface properties of single sisal fibres can be tailored to improve the fibre/resin interface. Chlorine dioxide treatment has potential for surface modification of sisal fibre in engineering the interfacial behaviour of composites.

  7. Thermal Conductivity of Structural Glass/Fibre Epoxy Composite as a Function of Fibre Orientation

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    Cugnet, D; Kuijper, A; Parma, Vittorio; Vandoni, Giovanna

    2002-01-01

    The LHC, the new superconducting particle accelerator presently under construction at CERN, makes use of some 1200 dipole magnets for orbit bending and 500 quadrupole magnets for focusing/defocusing of the circulating high-energy proton beams. Two or three column-type support posts sustain each cryomagnet. The choice of a convenient material for these supports is critical, because of the required high positioning accuracy of the magnets in their cryostats and stringent thermal budget requirements imposed by the LHC cryogenic system. A glass-fibre/epoxy resin composite has been chosen for its good combination of high stiffness and low thermal conductivity over the 2-293 K temperature range. Plies of long glass-fibres are stacked optimally yielding the best mechanical behaviour. However, heat leaks from the supports are influenced by the thermal characteristics of the composite, which in turn depend on the orientation of the fibres. To study the dependence of the thermal conductivity on fibre's orientation, we ...

  8. Fibre reinforced polymer nanocomposites

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    Vlasveld, D.P.N.

    2005-01-01

    In this thesis the results are described of the research on a combination of two types of composites: thermoplastic nanocomposites and continuous fibre composites. In this three-phase composite the main reinforcing phase are continuous glass or carbon fibres, and the matrix consists of a polyamide 6

  9. DEPOSITION OF NICKEL ON CARBON FIBRES BY GALVANIC METHOD

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    Pavol Štefánik

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The investigation of coating parameters in quasi-static coating of Ni layer on carbon fibre tow by galvanic method is presented. The tow of fibres was immersed in typical galvanic bath based on NiSO4, NiCl2, Na2SO4 and H3BO3 and current to carbon fibres was supplied by two leading metal rolls which are parts of continuous coating apparatus. The main parameters were current of 1 A, electrolyte temperature of 50 °C and the distance from power contacts to level of galvanic bath (8 or 13 cm. The amount and structure of deposited Ni layer at coating time 15 and 90 seconds of exposure in electrolyte and depth of immersion of tow into bath were discussed.

  10. Use and fibre type composition in limb muscles of cats

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    Kernell, D; Hensbergen, E

    1998-01-01

    As a background for studies concerning the effects of training on the properties and fibre type composition of skeletal muscle, information is needed concerning the normal duration of muscle use per day. Data of this kind were collected from adult cats, using implanted electrodes for electromyograph

  11. Physical and mechanical properties of unidirectional plant fibre composites

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    Madsen, B.; Lilholt, H.

    2003-01-01

    volumetric interaction between contents of fibre, matrix and porosity. In the model two porosity components were proposed, a process governed component and a structurally governed component. The composite axial stiffness and strength were in the range 27-29 GPa and 251-321 MPa, respectively. A modified...

  12. Myosin heavy-chain isoform distribution, fibre-type composition and fibre size in skeletal muscle of patients on haemodialysis

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    Molsted, Stig; Eidemak, Inge; Sorensen, Helle Tauby;

    2007-01-01

    Objective. Chronic uraemia is associated with abnormalities in skeletal muscles, which can affect their working capacity. It is also well known that the fibre-type composition of skeletal muscles influences endurance, muscle strength and power. In this study we therefore determined the size and d...... percentage of type 1 fibres is very rarely observed in normal untrained subjects. Chronic uraemia more severely affects the composition than the size of fibres.......Objective. Chronic uraemia is associated with abnormalities in skeletal muscles, which can affect their working capacity. It is also well known that the fibre-type composition of skeletal muscles influences endurance, muscle strength and power. In this study we therefore determined the size and...... on HD. The size and distribution of muscle fibres were evaluated using adenosine triphosphate synthase (ATPase) histochemistry, whilst MHC isoform composition was determined in muscle homogenates using sodium dodecyl culphatepolyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Values were compared to those for a...

  13. Influence of fibre-surface treatment on structural, thermal and mechanical properties of jute fibre and its composite

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    E Sinha; S K Rout

    2009-02-01

    Jute fibres (Corchorus olitorious), an environmentally and ecologically friendly product, were chemically modified and treated with 5% NaOH solution at room temperature for 2 h, 4 h and 8 h. The above samples were characterized and morphologically analysed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT–IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Instron 1185. Alkali treatment affects the supramolecular structure of the fibre as shown by XRD by improving the degree of crystallinity of the fibre. Surface chemistry of the fibre also altered as depicted by FT–IR studies. This chemical treatment was also found to alter the characteristic of the fibre surface topography as seen by the SEM. From the mechanical single fibre test it was found that the tenacity and modulus of the fibre improved after alkali treatment. This might be due to the improvement in the crystallinity. DSC data demonstrated that the thermal degradation temperature for the cellulose get lowered from 365.26°C to 360.62°C after alkali treatment led to the reduction in fibre thermal stability. Jute fibre reinforced composite were prepared with treated and untreated jute fibre (15 wt%) reinforced unsaturated polyester (UPE). Effectiveness of these composites was experimentally investigated through the study of the composites by DSC, Instron 1195 for mechanical property of composites, volume fraction of the porosity and hydrophobic finishing of the composite. From the DSC analysis it was found that thermal stability enhanced for treated fibre reinforced composite. This could be due to the resistance offered by the closely packed cellulose chain in combination with the resin. Flexural strength of the composite prepared with 2 h and 4 h alkali treated fibre were found to increase by 3.16% and 9.5%, respectively. Although 8 h treated fibre exhibited maximum strength properties, but the composite prepared with them showed lower strength

  14. The electro-structural behaviour of yarn-like carbon nanotube fibres immersed in organic liquids

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    Yarn-like carbon nanotube (CNT) fibres are a hierarchically-structured material with a variety of promising applications such as high performance composites, sensors and actuators, smart textiles, and energy storage and transmission. However, in order to fully realize these possibilities, a more detailed understanding of their interactions with the environment is required. In this work, we describe a simplified representation of the hierarchical structure of the fibres from which several mathematical models are constructed to explain electro-structural interactions of fibres with organic liquids. A balance between the elastic and surface energies of the CNT bundle network in different media allows the determination of the maximum lengths that open junctions can sustain before collapsing to minimize the surface energy. This characteristic length correlates well with the increase of fibre resistance upon immersion in organic liquids. We also study the effect of charge accumulation in open interbundle junctions and derive expressions to describe experimental data on the non-ohmic electrical behaviour of fibres immersed in polar liquids. Our analyses suggest that the non-ohmic behaviour is caused by progressively shorter junctions collapsing as the voltage is increased. Since our models are not based on any property unique to carbon nanotubes, they should also be useful to describe other hierarchical structures. (paper)

  15. Effect of fibre shape on transverse thermal conductivity of unidirectional composites

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    B Raghava Rao; V Ramachandra Raju; K Mohana Rao

    2015-04-01

    The determination of thermal conductivities of a composite lamina is of paramount importance in the effective design and application of composite materials. The thermal conductivity of a lamina along the fibre direction can be easily estimated from the Rule of Mixtures but, the thermal conductivity in the transverse direction which depends on many factors need to be determined effectively. The transverse thermal conductivities of continuous fibre reinforced composite lamina are computed by numerical method using finite element analysis. Different fibre concentrations, fibre shapes and different fibre-matrix combinations are examined. A Regular array of square pattern of fibres is considered. The finite element model is validated with the available experimental results and theoretical models for a circular fibre and then extended to other shapes of fibres. Two-dimensional finite element model is adopted for the analysis, due to the restriction of heat flow only in transverse direction and the fibres are assumed to be continuous and perfectly bonded to the matrix. Analysis is carried out for a wide range of fibre-matrix combinations and up to the maximum fibre concentration in the composite. The analysis is extended for circular, square, elliptical and rhombus shaped fibres. From the results it is observed that there is a significant variation in the transverse thermal conductivity due to the shape of fibre, concentration ratios and fibre matrix combinations. This variation in thermal conductivity of a composite lamina results into a broader choice for the selection of composite materials in thermal applications.

  16. Long fibre composite modelling using cohesive user’s element

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    Kozák, Vladislav; Chlup, Zdeněk

    Melville : American Institute of Physics, 2010 - (Simos, T.), s. 621-624 ISBN 978-0-7354-0831-9. - (AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1281). [ICNAAM 2010 : International Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2010 /8./. Rhodes (GR), 19.09.2010-25.09.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA101/08/1304 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : cohesive element * long fibre composites * FEM Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials

  17. Development of high temperature resistant ceramic matrix composites based on SiC- and novel SiBNC-fibres

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    Novel ceramic fibres in the quaternary system Si-B-C-N exhibit excellent high temperature stability and creep resistance. In th is work it was investigated, to what extent these outstanding properties of SiBNC-fibres can be transferred into ceramic matrix composites (CMC) in comparison to commercial silicon carbide (SiC) fibres. For the CMC development the liquid silicon infiltration (LSI) as well as the polymer infiltration and pyrolysis process (PIP) was applied. Extensive correlations between fibre properties, fibre coating (without, pyrolytic carbon, lanthanum phosphate), process parameters of the CMC manufacturing method and the mechanical and microstructural properties of the CMC before and after exposure to air could be established. Hence, the potential of novel CMCs can be assessed and application fields can be derived.

  18. Multilayered Glass Fibre-reinforced Composites In Rotational Moulding

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    Chang, W. C.; Harkin-Jones, E.; Kearns, M.; McCourt, M.

    2011-05-01

    The potential of multiple layer fibre-reinforced mouldings is of growing interest to the rotational moulding industry because of their cost/performance ratio. The particular problem that arises when using reinforcements in this process relate to the fact that the process is low shear and good mixing of resin and reinforcement is not optimum under those conditions. There is also a problem of the larger/heavier reinforcing agents segregating out of the powder to lay up on the inner part surface. In this study, short glass fibres were incorporated and distributed into a polymer matrix to produce fibre-reinforced polymer composites using the rotational moulding process and characterised in terms of morphology and mechanical properties.

  19. Use of Macro Fibre Composite Transducers as Acoustic Emission Sensors

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    Mark Eaton

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The need for ever lighter and more efficient aerospace structures and components has led to continuous optimization pushing the limits of structural performance. In order to ensure continued safe operation during long term service it is desirable to develop a structural health monitoring (SHM system. Acoustic emission (AE offers great potential for real time global monitoring of aerospace structures, however currently available commercial sensors have limitations in size, weight and adaptability to complex structures. This work investigates the potential use of macro-fibre composite (MFC film transducers as AE sensors. Due to the inhomogeneous make-up of MFC transducers their directional dependency was examined and found to have limited effect on signal feature data. However, signal cross-correlations revealed a strong directional dependency. The sensitivity and signal attenuation with distance of MFC sensors were compared with those of commercially available sensors. Although noticeably less sensitive than the commercial sensors, the MFC sensors still had an acceptable operating range. Furthermore, a series of compressive carbon fiber coupon tests were monitored in parallel using both an MFC sensor and a commercially available sensor for comparison. The results showed good agreement of AE trends recorded by both sensors.

  20. COMMERCIAL VIABILITY ANALYSIS OF LIGNIN BASED CARBON FIBRE

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    Michael Chien-Wei Chen

    2014-01-01

    Lignin is a rich renewable source of aromatic compounds. As a potentialpetroleum feedstock replacement, lignin can reduce environmental impacts such ascarbon emission. Due to its complex chemical structure, lignin is currently underutilized.Exploiting lignin as a precursor for carbon fibre adds high economic value to lignin andencourages further development in lignin extraction technology. This report includes apreliminary cost analysis and identifies the key aspects of lignin-based carbon fi...

  1. Drilling analysis of coir–fibre-reinforced polyester composites

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    S Jayabal; U Natarajan

    2011-12-01

    An investigation has been carried out to make use of coir, a natural fibre abundantly available in India. Coir–polyester composites were prepared and their mechanical and machinability characteristics were studied. The short coir–fibre-reinforced composites exhibited the tensile, flexural and impact strength of 16.1709 MPa, 29.2611 MPa and 46.1740 J/m, respectively. The regression equations were developed and optimized for studying drilling characteristics of coir–polyester composites using the Taguchi approach. A drill bit diameter of 6 mm, spindle speed of 600 rpm and feed rate of 0.3 mm/rev gave the minimum value of thrust force, torque and tool wear in drilling analysis.

  2. Calibration of an image processing tool for analysis of fibre orientation in fibre reinforced composites

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    Hos, J.; Doktor, T.; Petráňová, Veronika; Kytýř, Daniel

    Praha: Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Transportation Sciences, 2014 - (Kytýř, D.; Zlámal, P.; Růžička, M.), s. 48-51 ISBN 978-80-01-05556-4. [Youth symposium on experimental solid mechanics /13./. Děčín (CZ), 29.06.2014-02.07.2014] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR(CZ) TA03010209 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : C/PPS * fibre orientation * SEM * composite Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials http://www.itam.cas.cz/ysesm2014/proceedings/id_28_ysesm2014_proceedings.pdf

  3. Monitoring Pre-Stressed Composites Using Optical Fibre Sensors

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    Sriram Krishnamurthy

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Residual stresses in fibre reinforced composites can give rise to a number of undesired effects such as loss of dimensional stability and premature fracture. Hence, there is significant merit in developing processing techniques to mitigate the development of residual stresses. However, tracking and quantifying the development of these fabrication-induced stresses in real-time using conventional non-destructive techniques is not straightforward. This article reports on the design and evaluation of a technique for manufacturing pre-stressed composite panels from unidirectional E-glass/epoxy prepregs. Here, the magnitude of the applied pre-stress was monitored using an integrated load-cell. The pre-stressing rig was based on a flat-bed design which enabled autoclave-based processing. A method was developed to end-tab the laminated prepregs prior to pre-stressing. The development of process-induced residual strain was monitored in-situ using embedded optical fibre sensors. Surface-mounted electrical resistance strain gauges were used to measure the strain when the composite was unloaded from the pre-stressing rig at room temperature. Four pre-stress levels were applied prior to processing the laminated preforms in an autoclave. The results showed that the application of a pre-stress of 108 MPa to a unidirectional [0]16 E-glass/913 epoxy preform, reduced the residual strain in the composite from −600 µε (conventional processing without pre-stress to approximately zero. A good correlation was observed between the data obtained from the surface-mounted electrical resistance strain gauge and the embedded optical fibre sensors. In addition to “neutralising” the residual stresses, superior axial orientation of the reinforcement can be obtained from pre-stressed composites. A subsequent publication will highlight the consequences of pres-stressing on fibre alignment, the tensile, flexural, compressive and fatigue performance of unidirectional E

  4. Monitoring Pre-Stressed Composites Using Optical Fibre Sensors.

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    Krishnamurthy, Sriram; Badcock, Rodney A; Machavaram, Venkata R; Fernando, Gerard F

    2016-01-01

    Residual stresses in fibre reinforced composites can give rise to a number of undesired effects such as loss of dimensional stability and premature fracture. Hence, there is significant merit in developing processing techniques to mitigate the development of residual stresses. However, tracking and quantifying the development of these fabrication-induced stresses in real-time using conventional non-destructive techniques is not straightforward. This article reports on the design and evaluation of a technique for manufacturing pre-stressed composite panels from unidirectional E-glass/epoxy prepregs. Here, the magnitude of the applied pre-stress was monitored using an integrated load-cell. The pre-stressing rig was based on a flat-bed design which enabled autoclave-based processing. A method was developed to end-tab the laminated prepregs prior to pre-stressing. The development of process-induced residual strain was monitored in-situ using embedded optical fibre sensors. Surface-mounted electrical resistance strain gauges were used to measure the strain when the composite was unloaded from the pre-stressing rig at room temperature. Four pre-stress levels were applied prior to processing the laminated preforms in an autoclave. The results showed that the application of a pre-stress of 108 MPa to a unidirectional [0]16 E-glass/913 epoxy preform, reduced the residual strain in the composite from -600 µε (conventional processing without pre-stress) to approximately zero. A good correlation was observed between the data obtained from the surface-mounted electrical resistance strain gauge and the embedded optical fibre sensors. In addition to "neutralising" the residual stresses, superior axial orientation of the reinforcement can be obtained from pre-stressed composites. A subsequent publication will highlight the consequences of pres-stressing on fibre alignment, the tensile, flexural, compressive and fatigue performance of unidirectional E-glass composites. PMID

  5. Monitoring Pre-Stressed Composites Using Optical Fibre Sensors

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    Krishnamurthy, Sriram; Badcock, Rodney A.; Machavaram, Venkata R.; Fernando, Gerard F.

    2016-01-01

    Residual stresses in fibre reinforced composites can give rise to a number of undesired effects such as loss of dimensional stability and premature fracture. Hence, there is significant merit in developing processing techniques to mitigate the development of residual stresses. However, tracking and quantifying the development of these fabrication-induced stresses in real-time using conventional non-destructive techniques is not straightforward. This article reports on the design and evaluation of a technique for manufacturing pre-stressed composite panels from unidirectional E-glass/epoxy prepregs. Here, the magnitude of the applied pre-stress was monitored using an integrated load-cell. The pre-stressing rig was based on a flat-bed design which enabled autoclave-based processing. A method was developed to end-tab the laminated prepregs prior to pre-stressing. The development of process-induced residual strain was monitored in-situ using embedded optical fibre sensors. Surface-mounted electrical resistance strain gauges were used to measure the strain when the composite was unloaded from the pre-stressing rig at room temperature. Four pre-stress levels were applied prior to processing the laminated preforms in an autoclave. The results showed that the application of a pre-stress of 108 MPa to a unidirectional [0]16 E-glass/913 epoxy preform, reduced the residual strain in the composite from −600 µε (conventional processing without pre-stress) to approximately zero. A good correlation was observed between the data obtained from the surface-mounted electrical resistance strain gauge and the embedded optical fibre sensors. In addition to “neutralising” the residual stresses, superior axial orientation of the reinforcement can be obtained from pre-stressed composites. A subsequent publication will highlight the consequences of pres-stressing on fibre alignment, the tensile, flexural, compressive and fatigue performance of unidirectional E-glass composites. PMID

  6. The potential of using date palm fibres as reinforcement for polymeric composites

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    Highlights: ► High concentration of chemical treatment may deteriorate the natural fibre strength. ► Fibre length in the composite significantly influences the interfacial adhesion property. ► 6% NaOH treatment is the optimum concentration to treat the natural fibres. ► Chemical treatment enhances the surface characteristics of the fibres. ► Chemical treatment reduces the porosity of the composites. -- Abstract: Interfacial adhesion of natural fibres as reinforcement for fibre polymeric composites is the key parameter in designing composites. In the current study, interfacial adhesion of date palm fibre with epoxy matrix is experimentally investigated using single fibre pull out technique. The influence of NaOH treatment concentrations (0–9%), fibre embedded length and fibre diameter on the interfacial adhesion property was considered in this study. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the surface morphology and damage feature on the fibre and bonding area before and after conducting the experiments. The results revealed that 6% concentration of NaOH is the optimum solution for treating the date palm fibre to maintain high interfacial adhesion and strength with epoxy matrix. The embedded length of the fibre controlled the interfacial adhesion property, where 10 mm embedded length was the optimum fibre length.

  7. Electrospun nanostructured composite fibres for hydrogen storage applications

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    Kurban, Z.

    2011-01-01

    The urgent realisation of the low carbon economy requires the development of cheap, safe and lightweight hydrogen storage, both for commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and for the use of hydrogen as a reservoir of energy from intermittent renewable energy sources. The primary motivation of this PhD project was to investigate (co)electrospinning, a cheap and scalable fibre production technique, for nanostructuring potential solid state hydrogen storage materials. Solid state stor...

  8. Modelling of polypropylene fibre-matrix composites using finite element analysis

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene (PP fibre-matrix composites previously prepared and studied experimentally were modelled using finite element analysis (FEA in this work. FEA confirmed that fibre content and composition controlled stress distribution in all-PP composites. The stress concentration at the fibre-matrix interface became greater with less fibre content. Variations in fibre composition were more significant in higher stress regions of the composites. When fibre modulus increased, the stress concentration at the fibres decreased and the shear stress at the fibre-matrix interface became more intense. The ratio between matrix modulus and fibre modulus was important, as was the interfacial stress in reducing premature interfacial failure and increasing mechanical properties. The model demonstrated that with low fibre concentration, there were insufficient fibres to distribute the applied stress. Under these conditions the matrix yielded when the applied stress reached the matrix yield stress, resulting in increased fibre axial stress. When the fibre content was high, there was matrix depletion and stress transfer was inefficient. The predictions of the FEA model were consistent with experimental and published data.

  9. Mechanical and electrical performance of Roystonea regia/glass fibre reinforced epoxy hybrid composites

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    Govardhan Goud; R N Rao

    2012-08-01

    The present paper investigates mechanical and electrical properties of Roystonea regia/glass fibre reinforced epoxy hybrid composites. Five varieties of hybrid composites have been prepared by varying the glass fibre loading. Roystonea regia (royal palm), a natural fibre was collected from the foliage of locally available royal palm tree through the process of water retting and mechanical extraction. Roystonea regia, -glass short fibres were used together as reinforcement in epoxy matrix to form hybrid composites. It has been observed that tensile, flexural, impact and hardness properties of hybrid composites considerably increased with increase in glass fibre loading. But electrical conductivity and dielectric constant values decreased with increase in glass fibre content in the hybrid composites at all frequencies. Scanning electron microscopy of fractured hybrid composites has been carried out to study the fibre matrix adhesion.

  10. Fire-retardant Polyester Composites from Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Wastes Reinforced with Coconut Fibre

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    Coconut fibre reinforced composite was prepared by blending unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) from waste PET with 0.3 v % of coconut fibre. The coconut fibres were pre-treated with sodium hydroxide followed by silane prior to inclusion into the UPR. The untreated coconut fibres reinforced composite were used as a control. DriconR as a phosphate type of flame retardant was then added to the composite to reduce the flammability of the composite. The amount of DriconR was varied from 0 to 10 wt % of the overall mass of resin. The burning properties and limiting oxygen index (LOI) of the treated and untreated composites increased with the addition of Dricon. The tensile strength and modulus of both composites were also increased with the addition of DriconR. The treated fibre composite with 5 wt % DriconR showed the highest burning time and LOI with the values of 101.5 s and 34 s, respectively. The optimum tensile strength and modulus for treated fibre composite was at 5 wt % DriconR whereas the untreated fibre composite was at 2.5 wt % loading of DriconR. Thermogravimetry (TGA) analysis indicated that the degradation temperature increased with the addition of DriconR up to 5 wt % into UPR/ coconut fibre composites. Morphological observations indicated better distribution of DriconR for treated fibre composite resulted in enhancement of the tensile properties of the treated fibre composite. (author)

  11. Glass Fibre Strength—A Review with Relation to Composite Recycling

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    James Thomason; Peter Jenkins; Liu Yang

    2016-01-01

    The recovery and reuse of glass fibres from manufacturing waste and end-of-life composites in an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective manner is one of the most important challenges facing the thermosetting polymer composites industry. A number of processes for recycling fibres from such materials are available or under development. However, nearly all options deliver recycled glass fibres that are not cost-performance competitive due to the huge drop in strength of recycled glass fibre co...

  12. Single fibre and multifibre unit cell analysis of strength and cracking of unidirectional composites

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    Wang, H.W.; Zhou, H.W.; Mishnaevsky, Leon;

    2009-01-01

    Numerical simulations of damage evolution in composites reinforced with single and multifibre are presented. Several types of unit cell models are considered: single fibre unit cell, multiple fibre unit cell with one and several damageable sections per fibres, unit cells with homogeneous and...... higher stiffness of the damaged material. The damage in the composites begins by fibre breakage, which causes the interface damage, followed by matrix cracking....

  13. Manufacturing of amber particles suitable for composite fibre melt spinning

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    Ļašenko Inga Ļ

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Polyamide fibre containing amber particles was fabricated. The amber particles were obtained by grinding technology using planetary ball-mills. Scanning electron microscopy and granulometry testing were used to characterise the structure and the size of prepared amber particles. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to analyse the chemical structure of the amber particles. The amber particles were characterised with average size up to 3 μm. The chemical composition of amber before and after the grinding remained unchanged. The amber particles were melt-extruded using polyamide 6 as the matrix. Melt spinning processing was used to fabricate polyamide-amber filaments. Pre-oriented yarns and fully drawn yarns were obtained after hotdrawing experiments. Reported experimental findings of amber composite fibre could be important for textile applications.

  14. Low-temperature SCR of NOx with NH3 over Nomex rejects-based activated carbon fibre composite-supported manganese oxides. Part 2. Effect of procedures for impregnation and active phase formation

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    The first part of this work dealt with the preparation and conditioning of Nomex rejects-based activated carbon fibre (ACF) composites to be used as catalytic supports of manganese oxides for the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide with ammonia. In this second part, the catalytic results obtained by applying different impregnation procedures, including the previous exchange of the oxidised support with solutions of NaOH, are described. Washing the support with deionised water after both the Na-exchange and the impregnation steps improved the activity of the resulting catalyst. For the active phase formation (manganese oxide) on the support surface, different treatments were tested. It was determined that a treatment of the impregnated catalyst consisting of a stage of NO/O2/NH3 adsorption/reaction at 150C followed by heat treatment up to 400C under inert atmosphere, and a final stage of mild oxidation at 200C yielded the best catalytic results The final oxidation state of manganese was estimated to be between II and III.This final fabrication procedure yielded catalysts that in conditions of high spatial velocities (11000-25000h-1) and negligible pressure drop, showed a high catalytic activity at 150C, with NOx reduction percentages close to 85%, selectivities above 95% and low gasification rates of the carbonaceous support

  15. Fracture Resistance Evaluation of Fibre Reinforced Brittle Matrix Composites

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    Dlouhý, Ivo; Chlup, Zdeněk

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 290, - (2005), s. 167-174. ISSN 1013-9826. [Fractography of Advanced Ceramic s /2./. Stará Lesná, 03.10.2004-06.10.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA2041003; GA ČR(CZ) GA101/02/0683 Keywords : fibre-reinforced ceramic s * glass matrix composites * chevron notch Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 0.224, year: 2005

  16. Fracture Resistance Evaluation of Fibre Reinforced Brittle Matrix Composites

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    Dlouhý, Ivo; Chlup, Zdeněk

    2004, s. -. [Fractography of Advanced Ceramic s. Stará Lesná (SK), 03.10.2004-06.10.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA2041003; GA ČR GA101/02/0683 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : fibre-reinforced ceramic s * glass matrix composites * chevron notch Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  17. Characterisation and Performance of Fibre-Reinforced Composite Restorations

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    Al-Haddad, Ala'A

    2015-01-01

    In the modern era of metal-free minimally-invasive dentistry, there is a growing tendency toward using metal-free restorative alternatives that provide not only excellent aesthetics but also enable superior durability. Fibre-reinforced composite (FRC) is one cost-effective alternative that fulfils the requirements of aesthetics and durability, and offers favourable physico-mechanical properties. Many FRC applications are well-documented in the literature, such as crowns and fixed partial dent...

  18. An Overview of Okra Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites

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    Srinivasababu, Nadendla

    2015-05-01

    Increasing attention towards “sustainable environment” invited the development of new materials to satisfy the needs of the public with less/no damage on surroundings. In this regard a specific attempt is made by the author to do review and understand the performance of the variable vegetable fibres of okra which is botanically called ‘Abelmoschus Esculentus’ and their composites under various conditions of load. Further the results exist in the literature are also reviewed for the purpose of comparison.

  19. Preparation of silicon nitride/carbon fibre/epoxy resin composites%氮化硅/碳纤维/环氧树脂复合材料的制备研究

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    王明明; 张炜巍

    2013-01-01

    The silicon nitride (Si3N4) microparticles before and after modification were employed to prepare Si3N4/carbon fibre/epoxy resin (Si3N4/CF/EP) composite via high temperature molding press method.The effects of the mass fraction and surface modification of Si3N4 on the thermal conductivity,electrical properties and mechanical properties of the composite were investigated.The results showed that for the Si3N4/CF/EP composite its thermal conductivity increased with increasing the mass fraction of Si3N4,and the thermal conductivity was 1.02 W/mK when the mass fraction of Si3N4 was 40%.The electrical properties of the composite decrease linearly with increasing the mass fraction of Si3N4.The mechanical properties of the composite increased firstly and then decreased with adding of Si3N4.The thermal conductivity and mechanical properties of the composite were further improved after the modification of Si3N4.%采用高温模压成型法制备氮化硅/碳纤维/环氧树脂导热复合材料(Si3N4/CF/EP).研究了Si3N4用量和表面改性对Si3N4/CF/EP复合材料导热性能、导电性能和力学性能的影响.结果表明,复合材料的导热性能随Si3N4质量分数的增加而增大,当Si3N4质量分数为40%时,导热率为1.02 W/mK;而Si3N4/CF/EP复合材料的导电率随Si3N4质量分数的增加而呈线性降低;力学性能则随Si3N4质量分数的增加先增大后降低.表面改性有助于进一步提高Si3N4/CF/EP复合材料的导热性能和力学性能.

  20. Properties of hemp fibre polymer composites - An optimisation of fibre properties using novel defibration methods and fibre characterisation

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    Thygesen, Anders

    2006-01-01

    obtained by steam explosion of hemp fibres prior defibrated with pectin degrading enzymes. The S2 layer in the fibre wall of the hemp fibres consisted of1-4 cellulose rich and lignin poor concentric layers constructed of ca. 100 nm thick lamellae. The microfibril angle showed values in the range 0-10° for...... the main part of the S2-layer and 70-90° for the S1-layer. The microfibrils that are mainly parallelwith the fibre axis explain the high fibre stiffness, which in defibrated hemp fibres reached 94 GPa. The defibrated hemp fibres had higher fibre stiffness (88-94 GPa) than hemp yarn (60 GPa), which the...

  1. Mechanical properties of kenaf bast and core fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites

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    Ishak, M R; Leman, Z; Sapuan, S M [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Edeerozey, A M M; Othman, I S, E-mail: zleman@eng.upm.edu.my [Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, 76109 Durian Tunggal, Melaka (Malaysia)

    2010-05-15

    Kenaf fibre has high potential to be used for composite reinforcement in biocomposite material. It is made up of an inner woody core and an outer fibrous bark surrounding the core. The aim of this study was to compare the mechanical properties of short kenaf bast and core fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites with varying fibre weight fraction i.e. 0%, 5%, 10%, 20%, 30% and 40%. The compression moulding technique was used to prepare the composite specimens for tensile, flexural and impact tests in accordance to the ASTM D5083, ASTM D790 and ASTM D256 respectively. The overall results showed that the composites reinforced with kenaf bast fibre had higher mechanical properties than kenaf core fibre composites. The results also showed that the optimum fibre content for achieving highest tensile strength for both bast and core fibre composites was 20%wt. It was also observed that the elongation at break for both composites decreased as the fibre content increased. For the flexural strength, the optimum fibre content for both composites was 10%wt while for impact strength, it was at 10%wt and 5%wt for bast and core fibre composites respectively.

  2. Mechanical properties of kenaf bast and core fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites

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    Ishak, M. R.; Leman, Z.; Sapuan, S. M.; Edeerozey, A. M. M.; Othman, I. S.

    2010-05-01

    Kenaf fibre has high potential to be used for composite reinforcement in biocomposite material. It is made up of an inner woody core and an outer fibrous bark surrounding the core. The aim of this study was to compare the mechanical properties of short kenaf bast and core fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites with varying fibre weight fraction i.e. 0%, 5%, 10%, 20%, 30% and 40%. The compression moulding technique was used to prepare the composite specimens for tensile, flexural and impact tests in accordance to the ASTM D5083, ASTM D790 and ASTM D256 respectively. The overall results showed that the composites reinforced with kenaf bast fibre had higher mechanical properties than kenaf core fibre composites. The results also showed that the optimum fibre content for achieving highest tensile strength for both bast and core fibre composites was 20%wt. It was also observed that the elongation at break for both composites decreased as the fibre content increased. For the flexural strength, the optimum fibre content for both composites was 10%wt while for impact strength, it was at 10%wt and 5%wt for bast and core fibre composites respectively.

  3. Mechanical properties of kenaf bast and core fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites

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    Kenaf fibre has high potential to be used for composite reinforcement in biocomposite material. It is made up of an inner woody core and an outer fibrous bark surrounding the core. The aim of this study was to compare the mechanical properties of short kenaf bast and core fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites with varying fibre weight fraction i.e. 0%, 5%, 10%, 20%, 30% and 40%. The compression moulding technique was used to prepare the composite specimens for tensile, flexural and impact tests in accordance to the ASTM D5083, ASTM D790 and ASTM D256 respectively. The overall results showed that the composites reinforced with kenaf bast fibre had higher mechanical properties than kenaf core fibre composites. The results also showed that the optimum fibre content for achieving highest tensile strength for both bast and core fibre composites was 20%wt. It was also observed that the elongation at break for both composites decreased as the fibre content increased. For the flexural strength, the optimum fibre content for both composites was 10%wt while for impact strength, it was at 10%wt and 5%wt for bast and core fibre composites respectively.

  4. Determination of thermal diffusivity of carbon/epoxy composites with different fiber content using transient thermography

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    G. Wróbel; Z. Rdzawski; G. Muzia; S. Pawlak

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of present study was to determine the thermal diffusivity of carbon fibre/epoxy composites with different fibre content using flash method.Design/methodology/approach: The experiments have been performed using transient thermography to obtain the thermograms for carbon/epoxy specimens with different carbon fibre content. From recorded thermograms the thermal diffusivity values were determined for two different heating conditions to verify the effect of heating conditions ...

  5. Glass fibres reinforced polyester composites degradation monitoring by surface analysis

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    Croitoru, Catalin; Patachia, Silvia; Papancea, Adina; Baltes, Liana; Tierean, Mircea

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents a novel method for quantification of the modifications that occur on the surface of different types of gel-coated glass fibre-reinforced polyester composites under artificial UV-ageing at 254 nm. The method implies the adsorption of an ionic dye, namely methylene blue, on the UV-aged composite, and computing the CIELab colour space parameters from the photographic image of the coloured composite's surface. The method significantly enhances the colour differences between the irradiated composites and the reference, in contrast with the non-coloured ones. The colour modifications that occur represent a good indicative of the surface degradation, alteration of surface hydrophily and roughness of the composite and are in good correlation with the ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and optical microscopy results. The proposed method is easier, faster and cheaper than the traditional ones.

  6. Effect of fibre length on the physical and mechanical properties of sisal/polyethylene composites

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    Composites of sisal fibres with polyethylene polymer chips were prepared at 50% fibre weight with varying lengths of the sisal fibres and the physical and mechanical properties of the composites were determined. The results of the physical properties show that moisture uptake of the composites initially increases from 0 to 60% as the fibre length increased from 0 to 5 mm and there after remained about the same. Density was observed to decrease initially at 5 mm and then steadily increased. The hardness and thickness was increased with increase in fibre length. Young's modulus, breaking load and breaking extension increased as the length of fibres in composite increased from 10 mm length, while work of rupture increased with increase in fibre length from about 5 mm. (author)

  7. Evaluation on mechanical properties of woven aloevera and sisal fibre hybrid reinforced epoxy composites

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    A Shadrach Jeya Sekaran; K Palani Kumar; K Pitchandi

    2015-09-01

    Natural fibres as reinforcement in polymer composite for making low-cost materials are growing day by day. Researcher’s main attention is to apply appropriate technology to utilize these natural fibres as effectively and economically as possible to produce good quality fibre-reinforced polymer composites for various engineering applications. In this research, the experiments of tensile, flexural and impact tests were carried out for woven aloevera and sisal fibre hybrid-reinforced epoxy composites. The hand layup method of fabrication was employed in preparing the composites. The surface morphology of the composites was examined through scanning electron microscope. Due to the low-density and high-specific properties of sisal fibre composites, it offer cost savings when compared with synthetic fibres. Hence it has very good implications in the automotive and transportation industry.

  8. Fabrication and oxidation resistance of titanium carbide-coated carbon fibres by reacting titanium hydride with carbon fibres in molten salts

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    Using carbon fibres and titanium hydride as a reactive carbon source and a metal source, respectively, a protective titanium carbide (TiC) coating was formed on carbon fibres in molten salts, composed of LiCl-KCl-KF, at 750-950 oC. The structure and morphology of the TiC coatings were characterised by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The oxidation resistance of the TiC-coated carbon fibres was measured by thermogravimetric analysis. The results reveal that control of the coating thickness is very important for improvement of the oxidation resistance of TiC-coated carbon fibres. The oxidative weight loss initiation temperature for the TiC-coated carbon fibres increases significantly when an appropriate coating thickness is used. However, thicker coatings lead to a decrease of the carbon fibres' weight loss initiation temperature due to the formation of cracks in the coating. The TiC coating thickness on carbon fibres can be controlled by adjusting the reaction temperature and time of the molten salt synthesis.

  9. Preparation and Characterization of Cellulose Nanofibril Films from Wood Fibre and Their Thermoplastic Polycarbonate Composites

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    Panthapulakkal, S.; Sain, M.

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop cellulose-nanofibril-film-reinforced polycarbonate composites by compression molding. Nano fibres were prepared from wood pulp fibres by mechanical defibrillation, and diameter distribution of the fibres produced was in the range of 1–100 nm. Nanofibre films were prepared from the nanofibre suspensions and were characterized in terms of strength properties, crystallinity, and thermal properties. Strength and modulus of the nano fibre films prepared were 24...

  10. Composite carbon foam electrode

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    Mayer, S.T.; Pekala, R.W.; Kaschmitter, J.L.

    1997-05-06

    Carbon aerogels used as a binder for granulated materials, including other forms of carbon and metal additives, are cast onto carbon or metal fiber substrates to form composite carbon thin film sheets. The thin film sheets are utilized in electrochemical energy storage applications, such as electrochemical double layer capacitors (aerocapacitors), lithium based battery insertion electrodes, fuel cell electrodes, and electrocapacitive deionization electrodes. The composite carbon foam may be formed by prior known processes, but with the solid particles being added during the liquid phase of the process, i.e. prior to gelation. The other forms of carbon may include carbon microspheres, carbon powder, carbon aerogel powder or particles, graphite carbons. Metal and/or carbon fibers may be added for increased conductivity. The choice of materials and fibers will depend on the electrolyte used and the relative trade off of system resistivity and power to system energy. 1 fig.

  11. Processing and properties of composites obtained from natural fibres and thermosetting matrices

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    Duro, A. C.; Castro, B. F.; J.F. Silva; Nunes, J. P.

    2013-01-01

    In this work, different natural fibres were studied and characterized, using optical and SEM microscopy. Those fibres were used to reinforce polyester and epoxy matrices and produce composite plates by hand lay-up. A vacuum bag was then used to allow improving the fibre impregnation, establishing a controlled pressure atmosphere. All different obtained composite plates were submitted to mechanical testing, in order to determine relevant mechanical proprieties. The produced composites were,...

  12. THE USE OF SISAL FIBRE AS REINFORCEMENT IN CEMENT BASED COMPOSITES

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    Romildo Dias Tolêdo Filho

    1999-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The inclusion of fibre reinforcement in concrete, mortar and cement paste can enhance many of the engineering properties of the basic materials, such as fracture toughness, flexural strength and resistance to fatigue, impact, thermal shock and spalling. In recent years, a great deal of interest has been created worldwide on the potential applications of natural fibre reinforced, cement based composites. Investigations have been carried out in many countries on various mechanical properties, physical performance and durability of cement based matrices reinforced with naturally occurring fibres including sisal, coconut, jute, bamboo and wood fibres. These fibres have always been considered promising as reinforcement of cement based matrices because of their availability, low cost and low consumption of energy. In this review, the general properties of the composites are described in relation to fibre content, length, strength and stiffness. A chronological development of sisal fibre reinforced, cement based matrices is reported and experimental data are provided to illustrate the performance of sisal fibre reinforced cement composites. A brief description on the use of these composite materials as building products has been included. The influence of sisal fibres on the development of plastic shrinkage in the pre-hardened state, on tensile, compressive and bending strength in the hardened state of mortar mixes is discussed. Creep and drying shrinkage of the composites and the durability of natural fibres in cement based matrices are of particular interest and are also highlighted. The results show that the composites reinforced with sisal fibres are reliable materials to be used in practice for the production of structural elements to be used in rural and civil construction. This material could be a substitute asbestos-cement composite, which is a serious hazard to human and animal health and is prohibited in industrialized countries. The

  13. RETROFITTING OF REINFORCED CONCRETE BEAMS USING FIBRE REINFORCED POLYMER (FRP COMPOSITES – A REVIEW

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    Namasivayam Aravind

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Rehabilitation and strengthening of old structures using advanced materials is a contemporary research in the field of Structural Engineering. During past two decades, much research has been carried out on shear and flexural strengthening of reinforced concrete beams using different types of fibre reinforced polymers and adhesives. Strengthening of old structures is necessary to obtain an expected life span. Life span of Reinforced Concrete (RC structures may be reduced due to many reasons, such as deterioration of concrete and development of surface cracks due to ingress of chemical agents, improper design and unexpected external lateral loads such as wind or seismic forces acting on a structure, which are also the reasons for failure of structural members. The superior properties of polymer composite materials like high corrosion resistance, high strength, high stiffness, excellent fatigue performance and good resistance to chemical attack etc., has motivated the researchers and practicing engineers to use the polymer composites in the field of rehabilitation of structures. This paper reviews fourteen articles on rehabilitation of reinforced concrete (RC beams. The paper reviews the different properties of Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP composites and adhesives, influence of dimensions of beams and loading rate causing failure. The paper proposes an enhanced retrofitting technique for flexural members and to develop a new mathematical model.

  14. Glass Fibre Strength—A Review with Relation to Composite Recycling

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    James Thomason

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The recovery and reuse of glass fibres from manufacturing waste and end-of-life composites in an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective manner is one of the most important challenges facing the thermosetting polymer composites industry. A number of processes for recycling fibres from such materials are available or under development. However, nearly all options deliver recycled glass fibres that are not cost-performance competitive due to the huge drop in strength of recycled glass fibre compared to its original state. A breakthrough in the regeneration of recycled glass fibre performance has the potential to totally transform the economics of recycling such composites. This paper reviews the available knowledge of the thermally-induced strength loss in glass fibres, discusses some of the phenomena that are potentially related and presents the status of research into processes to regenerate the strength and value of such weak recycled glass fibres.

  15. A Review of the Flammability Factors of Kenaf and Allied Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites

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    C. H. Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Natural fibre is a well-known reinforcement fibre in polymer-matrix Composites (PMC lately. Natural fibre has fast growing and abundance properties which make it available at very low cost. For kenaf fibre there is long lists of research projects which have been done regarding its behaviour, and properties and modification made to it. In this paper, fire flammability is the main concern for natural fibre reinforced polymer (NFRP composites especially kenaf fibre. To estimate its flammability, a wide range of factors can be considered such as fibre content, type of matrices, pH conditions, treatment, and fire retardant (FR filler’s type. The most important criteria are the ignition time, rate of propagation, and fire behavior. thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, different scanning calorimetric (DSC, and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA are the three most famous methods used to investigate the fire behaviour of composites.

  16. Fibre reinforced polymer nanocomposites

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    Vlasveld, D.P.N.

    2005-01-01

    In this thesis the results are described of the research on a combination of two types of composites: thermoplastic nanocomposites and continuous fibre composites. In this three-phase composite the main reinforcing phase are continuous glass or carbon fibres, and the matrix consists of a polyamide 6 / layered silicate nanocomposite. To be able to produce and understand this new type of thermoplastic composite, the properties of the nanocomposite matrix materials have been investigated, follow...

  17. Hybrid Fibre Polylactide Acid Composite with Empty Fruit Bunch: Chopped Glass Strands

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    K. Y. Tshai

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid polylactide acid (PLA composites reinforced with palm empty fruit bunch (EFB and chopped strand E-glass (GLS fibres were investigated. The hybrid fibres PLA composite was prepared through solution casting followed by pelletisation and subsequent hot compression press into 1 mm thick specimen. Chloroform and dichloromethane were used as solvent and their effectiveness in dissolving PLA was reported. The overall fibre loading was kept constant at volume fraction, Vf, of 20% while the ratio of EFB to GLS fibre was varied between Vf of 0 : 20 to 20 : 0. The inclusion of GLS fibres improved the tensile and flexural performance of the hybrid composites, but increasing the glass fibre length from 3 to 6 mm has a negative effect on the mechanical properties of the hybrid composites. Moreover, the composites that were prepared using chloroform showed superior tensile and flexural properties compared to those prepared with dichloromethane.

  18. Carbon fibre-reinforced, alkali-activated slag mortars

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    Garcés, P.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes the effect of carbon fibre on alkaliactivated slag mortar (AAS mechanical strength, volume stability and reinforcing steel corrosion, compared to its effect on the same properties in Portland cement (PC properties. Mechanical strength and volume stability tests were performed as set out in the respective Spanish UNE standards. The corrosion rate of steel embedded in the specimens studied was determined from polarization resistance analysis. One of the findings of the study performed was that carbon fibre failed to improve AAS or CP mortar strength. As far as volume stability is concerned, the inclusion of carbon fibres in AAS with a liquid/solid ratio of 0.5 reduced drying shrinkage by about 50%. The effect of carbon fibre on PC mortars differed from its effect on AAS mortars. Studies showed that in the presence of carbonation, steel corrosion reached higher levels in carbon-fibre reinforced AAS mortars; the inclusion of 1% carbon fibre improved corrosion resistance perceptibly in these same mortars, however, when exposed to chloride attack.Se ha estudiado el efecto de la incorporación de fibras de carbón en el comportamiento mecánico, estabilidad de volumen y nivel de corrosión de la armadura en morteros de escorias activadas alcalinamente (AAS. Se evalúa la influencia de las fibras de carbón en el comportamiento de morteros alcalinos en comparación con el efecto que producen en morteros de Portland (CP. Los ensayos mecánicos y de estabilidad de volumen se han realizado según lo establecido en la norma UNE que los regula. Se ha utilizado la técnica de la Resistencia a la Polarización para determinar la velocidad de corrosión del acero embebido en las muestras estudiadas. Como consecuencia del estudio realizado, se ha podido concluir que la adición de fibras de carbón a morteros de AAS y CP no mejora las características resistentes de los mismos. En relación con la estabilidad de volumen, la incorporación de

  19. Wear mechanisms of fibre reinforced composite materials based on 2024 and 7075 aluminum alloys

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    K. Naplocha

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Determination of fibre reinforcement influence on wear rate and wear mechanisms were examined. Moreover, effect of fibre orientation and specimen pressure on the counterpart were analyzed.Design/methodology/approach: Composite materials based on 2024 and 7075 aluminium alloys were reinforced with 10-20 vol. % of alumina Saffil fibres and additionally choosen specimens with graphite fibres. Wear tests were carried out on pin-on-disc device where the specimens were pressed to the cast iron counterpart with forces corresponding to pressures of 0.8, 1.2 and 1.5 MPa.Findings: Wear mass loss for composite materials reinforced only with Saffil Al2O3 fibres decreased with increase of fibre content in the matrix. The largest wear rate in relation to the unreinforced alloy exhibited composites containing 20 vol. % of Saffil Al2O3 fibres, tested under the largest applied pressure of 1.5 MPa. The graphite fibres enhance the wear resistance of composite materials under all applied pressures. The lubricant medium originated form worn graphite fibres prevented composite from seizure and adhesive wear.Research limitations/implications: Fragmented alumina fibres acting as loose debris can enhance the wear rate both composite and iron counterpart. At high volume of graphite fibres produced preform possess low strength caused by weak joints between fibres.Practical implications: Composite 2024 and 7075 materials reinforced with hybrid preforms produced from alumina and graphite fibres exhibit good wear resistance.Originality/value: Manufactured composite materials will be considered as the friction materials for the high duty brakes.

  20. Influence of reprocessing on fibre length distribution, tensile strength and impact strength of injection moulded cellulose fibre-reinforced polylactide (PLA composites

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    N. Graupner

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The present study focuses on the reprocessing behaviour of recycled injection moulded polylactide (PLA composites. The composites are reinforced with regenerated cellulose fibres (lyocell of variable fineness and a fibre mass content of 30%. They were reprocessed up to three times. The influence of reprocessing on the fibre length distribution and the resulting composite mechanical properties (tensile and impact strength was analysed. While the first reprocessing cycle does not affect the mechanical characteristics of the neat PLA matrix, the strength of the composites decreases significantly due to a decreasing fibre aspect ratio. It was shown that fibres having a larger cross-sectional area display a lower aspect ratio than finer fibres, after reprocessing. This phenomenon leads to a larger decrease in tensile strength of composites reinforced with coarser fibres when compared to composites reinforced with finer fibres. A comparison of virgin composites and threefold reprocessed composites with a similar fibre length distribution resulted in a significantly higher tensile strength compared to the virgin sample. This result leads to the conclusion that not only the fibre length is drastically reduced by reprocessing but also that the fibres and the matrix were damaged.

  1. Glass fibre reinforced cement based composite: fatigue and fracture parameters

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    Seitl S.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces the basic fracture mechanics parameters of advanced building material – glass fibres reinforced cement based composite and its fracture and fatigue behaviour is investigated. To this aim three-point bend (3PB specimens with starting notch were prepared and tested under static (l–d diagram and cyclic loading (Paris law and Ẅöhler curve. To evaluate the results, the finite element method was used for estimation of the corresponding values of stress intensity factor for the 3PB specimen used. The results obtained are compared with literature data.

  2. Evaluation of mechanical and thermal properties of banana–flax based natural fibre composite

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    Highlights: • Evaluation of mechanical properties of banana–flax fibre is carried out. • SEM analysis is done. • The result of tests are compared with literature. - Abstract: Hybrid materials of any kind are the keynote for today’s demands. This paper deals with one of such hybrid composite made of natural fibres namely, banana and flax fibres. The structural build-up is such that one layer of banana fibre is sandwiched between two layers of flax fibres by hand layup method with a volume fraction of 40% using Epoxy resin and HY951 hardener. Glass fibre reinforcement polymer (GFRP) is used for lamination on both sides. This lamination also increases the overall mechanical properties along with better surface properties. The properties of this hybrid composite are determined by testing its tensile, impact, and flexural loads using a Universal testing machine. Thermal properties are analysed and hybrid composites of flax and banana with GFRP have better thermal stability and flame resistance over flax, banana with GFRP single fibre hybrid composites. Morphological analysis is done using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The result of test shows that hybrid composite has far better properties than single fibre glass reinforced composite under impact and flexural loads. However it is found that the hybrid composite have better strength as compared to single fibre composites

  3. Improvement of fibre and composites for new markets

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    Toonen, M.A.J.; Ebskamp, M.J.M.; Kohler, R.

    2007-01-01

    Plant fibres have decisive advantages compared with synthetic fibres. One great advantage of plant fibres is their optimized strength to weight ratio. Others are their better workability as a result of optimum fibre length and cell wall thickness, their high anisotropic qualities and their good ion

  4. Tensile and compressive properties of flax fibres for natural fibre reinforced composites

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    Bos, H.L.; Oever, van den M.J.A.; Peters, O.C.J.J.

    2002-01-01

    Mechanical properties of standard decorticated and hand isolated flax bast fibres were determined in tension as well as in compression. The tensile strength of technical fibre bundles was found to depend strongly on the clamping length. The tensile strength of elementary flax fibres was found to ran

  5. Gbit/s data transmission on carbon fibres

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    Data transmission at the upgraded Large Hadron Collider experiments, foreseen for mid 2020s, will be in the multi Gbit/s range per connection for the innermost detector layers. This paper reports on first tests on the possible use of carbon cables for electrical data transmission close to the interaction point. Carbon cables have the potential advantage of being light, having a low activation and easy integration into the detector components close to the interaction point. In these tests commercially available carbon fibres were used, in which the filaments had a very thin nickel coating. For these cables data rates beyond 1 Gbit/s over more than 1 m with an error rate of less than 10-12 could be reached. The characteristics of the cables have been measured in terms of S-parameters and could be converted to a SPICE model. Some outlook on potential further improvements is presented

  6. Gbit/s data transmission on carbon fibres

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    Flick, T.; Glitza, K.-W.; Kappen, G. C.; Mättig, P.; Möller, J.; Sanny, B.

    2016-03-01

    Data transmission at the upgraded Large Hadron Collider experiments, foreseen for mid 2020s, will be in the multi Gbit/s range per connection for the innermost detector layers. This paper reports on first tests on the possible use of carbon cables for electrical data transmission close to the interaction point. Carbon cables have the potential advantage of being light, having a low activation and easy integration into the detector components close to the interaction point. In these tests commercially available carbon fibres were used, in which the filaments had a very thin nickel coating. For these cables data rates beyond 1 Gbit/s over more than 1 m with an error rate of less than 10-12 could be reached. The characteristics of the cables have been measured in terms of S-parameters and could be converted to a SPICE model. Some outlook on potential further improvements is presented.

  7. FLEXURAL PROPERTIES OF ALKALINE TREATED SUGAR PALM FIBRE REINFORCED EPOXY COMPOSITES

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    D. Bachtiar

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A study of the effect of alkaline treatment on the flexural properties of sugar palm fibre reinforced epoxy composites is presented in this paper. The composites were reinforced with 10% weight fraction of the fibres. The fibres were treated using sodium hydroxide (NaOH with 0.25 M and 0.5 M concentration solution for 1 hour, 4 hours and 8 hours soaking time. The purpose of treating fibres with alkali was to enhance the interfacial bonding between matrix and fibre surfaces. The maximum flexural strength occurred at 0.25 M NaOH solution with 1 hour of soaking time, i.e 96.71 MPa, improving by 24.41% from untreated fibre composite. But, the maximum flexural modulus took place at 0.5 M NaOH solution with 4 hours soaking time, i.e. 6948 MPa, improving by 148% from untreated composite.

  8. Recycled Polyamide-6/Waste Silk & Cotton Fibre Polymer Composites:Effect of Fibre length

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    TAŞDEMİR, Münir; KOÇAK, Dilara; MERDAN, Nigar; USTA, İsmail; AKALIN, Mehmet

    2013-01-01

    Among textile fibres today, cotton is the most commonly used natural fibre. Cotton is being used in almost all areas of textiles. Waste cotton which is produced during the yarn production process is then re-used in yarn production again or as a waste in other uses. Besides this, silk fibres have been used for nearly 5000 years. Silk is one of the most precious fibres among all textile fibres and it has a very wide range of uses like: sewing threads, clothes, home textiles, technical textiles ...

  9. The effect of fibre layering pattern in resisting bending loads of natural fibre-based hybrid composite materials

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    Jusoh Muhamad Shahirul Mat

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of fibre layering pattern and hybridization on the flexural properties of composite hybrid laminates between natural fibres of basalt, jute and flax with synthetic fibre of E-glass reinforced epoxy have been investigated experimentally. Results showed that the effect fibre layering pattern was highly significant on the flexural strength and modulus, which were strongly dependent on the hybrid configuration between sandwich-like (SL and intercalation (IC sequence of fibre layers. In addition, specific modulus based on the variation densities of the hybrid laminates was used to discover the best combination either basalt, jute or flax with E-glass exhibits superior properties concerning on the strength to weight-ratio. Generally, SL sequence of glass/basalt exhibited superior strength and stiffness compared with glass/jute and glass/flax in resisting bending loads. In terms of hybridization effect, glass/jute was found to be the best combination with E-glass compared to the rest of natural fibres investigated in the present study. Hence, the proper stacking sequences and material selection are among predominant factors that influence on mechanical properties and very crucial in designing composite hybrid system to meet the desired requirements.

  10. A new route for fibre management in powder injection molded metal matrix composites

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    The properties of short fibre reinforced metal matrix composites can be enhanced by controlling the directionality of the fibers. In the reported research, the multiple live feed injection moulding technique was successfully used for controlling the orientation of short fibers in powder injection molded metal matrix composites. A range of heavily loaded short fibre reinforced metal matrix compounds were injection molded by both parameters. The level of fibre orientation achieved in injection molded components was assessed by calculation of the orientation factor. One result of this investigation was identification of the moulding composition to achieve the highest level of fibre orientation in a preferred direction. (author)

  11. Characterisation and optimisation of the mechanical performance of plant fibre composites for structural applications

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    Shah, Darshil Upendra

    2013-01-01

    Plant fibres, perceived as environmentally sustainable substitutes to E-glass, are increasingly being employed as reinforcements in polymer matrix composites. However, despite the promising technical properties of cellulose-based fibres and the historic use of plant fibre composites (PFRPs) in load-bearing components, the industrial uptake of PFRPs in structural applications has been limited. In developing PFRPs whose mechanical properties are well-characterised, optimised and well-predicted,...

  12. Hybrid Fibre Polylactide Acid Composite with Empty Fruit Bunch: Chopped Glass Strands

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    K. Y. Tshai; A. B. Chai; Kong, I.; Hoque, M.E; Tshai, K. H.

    2014-01-01

    Hybrid polylactide acid (PLA) composites reinforced with palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) and chopped strand E-glass (GLS) fibres were investigated. The hybrid fibres PLA composite was prepared through solution casting followed by pelletisation and subsequent hot compression press into 1 mm thick specimen. Chloroform and dichloromethane were used as solvent and their effectiveness in dissolving PLA was reported. The overall fibre loading was kept constant at volume fraction, Vf, of 20% while the ...

  13. Elaboration of new ceramic composites containing glass fibre production wastes

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    Two main by-products or waste from the production of glass fibre are following: sewage sludge containing montmorillonite clay as sorbent material and ca 50 % of organic matter as well as waste glass from aluminium borosilicate glass fibre with relatively high softening temperature (> 600 degree centigrade). In order to elaborate different new ceramic products (porous or dense composites) the mentioned by-products and illicit clay from two different layers of Apriki deposit (Latvia) with illite content in clay fraction up to 80-90 % was used as a matrix. The raw materials were investigated by differential-thermal (DTA) and XRD analysis. Ternary compositions were prepared from mixtures of 15 - 35 wt % of sludge, 20 wt % of waste glass and 45 - 65 wt % of clay and the pressed green bodies were thermally treated in sintering temperature range from 1080 to 1120 degree centigrade in different treatment conditions. Materials produced in temperature range 1090 - 1100 degree centigrade with the most optimal properties - porosity 38 - 52 %, water absorption 39 - 47 % and bulk density 1.35 - 1.67 g/cm3 were selected for production of porous ceramics and materials showing porosity 0.35 - 1.1 %, water absorption 0.7 - 2.6 % and bulk density 2.1 - 2.3 g/cm3 - for dense ceramic composites. Obtained results indicated that incorporation up to 25 wt % of sewage sludge is beneficial for production of both ceramic products and glass-ceramic composites according to the technological properties. Structural analysis of elaborated composite materials was performed by scanning electron microscopy(SEM). By X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) the quartz, diopside and anorthite crystalline phases were detected. (Author) 16 refs.

  14. Long Fibre Composite Modelling Using Cohesive User's Element

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    The development glass matrix composites reinforced by unidirectional long ceramic fibre has resulted in a family of very perspective structural materials. The only disadvantage of such materials is relatively high brittleness at room temperature. The main micromechanisms acting as toughening mechanism are the pull out, crack bridging, matrix cracking. There are other mechanisms as crack deflection etc. but the primer mechanism is mentioned pull out which is governed by interface between fibre and matrix. The contribution shows a way how to predict and/or optimise mechanical behaviour of composite by application of cohesive zone method and write user's cohesive element into the FEM numerical package Abaqus. The presented results from numerical calculations are compared with experimental data. Crack extension is simulated by means of element extinction algorithms. The principal effort is concentrated on the application of the cohesive zone model with the special traction separation (bridging) law and on the cohesive zone modelling. Determination of micro-mechanical parameters is based on the combination of static tests, microscopic observations and numerical calibration procedures.

  15. Effects of water ageing on the mechanical properties of flax and glass fibre composites: Degradation and reversibility

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    Apolinario, Guilherme; Ienny, Patrick; Corn, Stéphane; Léger, Romain; Bergeret, Anne; Haudin, Jean-Marc

    2015-01-01

    Mechanical properties of flax-fibre reinforced composites (FFRC) are strongly affected by water ageing compared to glass-fibre reinforced composites (GFRC). This study highlights the influence of water absorption during immersion at 30°C on mechanical properties of unsaturated polyester reinforced composites. Flax-fibre composites showed a Fickian absorption behaviour and a water uptake 15 times higher than that of glass-fibre composites. GFRC's tensile modulus and maximum stress were slightl...

  16. Mechanical performance of oil palm empty fruit bunches/jute fibres reinforced epoxy hybrid composites

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    Jawaid, M. [School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., E-mail: akhalilhps@gmail.com [School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Abu Bakar, A. [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia)

    2010-11-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Hybrid composites constituents of natural fibres show good mechanical performances. {yields} Hybridization with 20% jute fibre gives rise to sufficient modulus to composites. {yields} Outer or core material affect mechanical performance of hybrid composites. {yields} Impact strength of pure EFB composite is higher than hybrid composites. - Abstract: Oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB)/jute fibre reinforced epoxy hybrid composites with different sequence of fibre mat arrangement such as EFB/jute/EFB and jute/EFB/jute were fabricated by hand lay-up method. The effect of layering patterns on the mechanical performance of the composites was studied. The hybrid composites are intended for engineering applications as an alternative to synthetic fibre composites. Mechanical performance of hybrid composites were evaluated and compared with the pure EFB, pure jute composites and neat epoxy using flexural and impact testing. The flexural properties of hybrid composite is higher than that of pure EFB composite with respect to the weight fraction of fibre, where as the impact strength of pure EFB composite is much higher than those of hybrid composites. The flexural results were interpreted using sandwich theory. The fracture surface morphology of the impact testing samples of the hybrid composites was performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  17. Mechanical performance of oil palm empty fruit bunches/jute fibres reinforced epoxy hybrid composites

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    Research highlights: → Hybrid composites constituents of natural fibres show good mechanical performances. → Hybridization with 20% jute fibre gives rise to sufficient modulus to composites. → Outer or core material affect mechanical performance of hybrid composites. → Impact strength of pure EFB composite is higher than hybrid composites. - Abstract: Oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB)/jute fibre reinforced epoxy hybrid composites with different sequence of fibre mat arrangement such as EFB/jute/EFB and jute/EFB/jute were fabricated by hand lay-up method. The effect of layering patterns on the mechanical performance of the composites was studied. The hybrid composites are intended for engineering applications as an alternative to synthetic fibre composites. Mechanical performance of hybrid composites were evaluated and compared with the pure EFB, pure jute composites and neat epoxy using flexural and impact testing. The flexural properties of hybrid composite is higher than that of pure EFB composite with respect to the weight fraction of fibre, where as the impact strength of pure EFB composite is much higher than those of hybrid composites. The flexural results were interpreted using sandwich theory. The fracture surface morphology of the impact testing samples of the hybrid composites was performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  18. Cellulose kraft pulp reinforced polylactic acid (PLA composites: effect of fibre moisture content

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    Sanna Virtanen

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available PLA offers a competitive and CO2 neutral matrix to commonly used polyolefin polymer based composites. Moreover, the use of PLA reduces dependency on oil when producing composite materials. However, PLA has a tendency of hydrolytic degradation under melt processing conditions in the presence of moisture, which remains a challenge when processing PLA reinforced natural fibre composites. Natural fibres such as cellulose fibres are hygroscopic with 6–10 wt% moisture content at 50–70% relative humidity conditions. These fibres are sensitive to melt processing conditions and fibre breakage (cutting also occur during processing. The degradation of PLA, moisture absorption of natural fibres together with fibre cutting and uneven dispersion of fibres in polymer matrix, deteriorates the overall properties of the composite. In the given research paper, bleached softwood kraft pulp (BSKP reinforced PLA compounds were successfully melt processed using BSKP with relatively high moisture contents. The effect of moist BSKP on the molecular weight of PLA, fibre length and the mechanical properties of the composites were investigated. By using moist never-dried kraft pulp fibres for feeding, the fibre cutting was decreased during the melt compounding. Even though PLA degradation occurred during the melt processing, the final damage to the PLA was moderate and thus did not deteriorate the mechanical properties of the composites. However, comprehensive moisture removal is required during the compounding in order to achieve optimal overall performance of the PLA/BSKP composites. The economic benefit gained from using moist BSKP is that the expensive and time consuming drying process steps of the kraft pulp fibres prior to processing can be minimized.

  19. Shock Interaction Studies on Glass Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Matrix Composites

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    Reddy, K. P. J.; Jagadeesh, G.; Jayaram, V.; Reddy, B. Harinath; Madhu, V.; Reddy, C. Jaya Rami

    Glass fibre reinforced polymer matrix composites are being extensively used for structural applications both in civil and defense sectors, owing to their high specific strength, stiffness and good energy absorbing capability. Understanding the dynamic response of these composites on shock loading is very essential for effective design of structures resistant to blast loads. In the present study, E- glass/epoxy composite laminate has been fabricated and evaluated for their mechanical properties such as tensile strength, flexural strength and inter laminar shear strength (ILSS). Further, dynamic response of E-glass laminates is presently studied by shock loading. When E-glass composite subjected to peak shock reflected pressure of 7.2 MPa and estimated temperature of about 14000 K for short duration, it underwent surface discolorations and charring of epoxy matrix. Post test analysis of the composite sample was carried out to study the damage analysis using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), changes in thermal properties of composites using Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) and Thermo-Gravimetric Analyzer (TGA). The results of these investigations are discussed in this paper.

  20. Mechanical property analysis of kenaf–glass fibre reinforced polymer composites using finite element analysis

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    M Ramesh; S Nijanthan

    2016-02-01

    Nowadays, natural fibres are used as a reinforcing material in polymer composites, owing to severe environmental concerns. Among many different types of natural resources, kenaf plants have been extensively exploited over the past few years. In this experimental study, partially eco-friendly hybrid composites were fabricated by using kenaf and glass fibres with two different fibre orientations of 0° and 90°. The mechanical properties such as tensile, flexural and impact strengths of these composites have been evaluated. From the experiment, it was observed that the composites with the 0° fibre orientation can withstand the maximum tensile strength of 49.27 MPa, flexural strength of 164.35 MPa, and impact strength of 6 J. Whereas, the composites with the 90° fibre orientation hold the maximum tensile strength of 69.86 MPa, flexural strength of 162.566 MPa and impact strength of 6.66 J. The finite element analysis was carried out to analyse the elastic behaviour of the composites and to predict the mechanical properties by using NX Nastran 9.0 software. The experimental results were compared with the predicted values and a high correlation between the results was observed. The morphology of the fractured surfaces of the composites was analysed using a scanning electron microscopy analysis. The results indicated that the properties were in the increasing trend and comparable with pure synthetic fibre reinforced composites, which shows the potential for hybridization of kenaf fibre with glass fibre.

  1. Influence of date palm fibre and graphite filler on mechanical and wear characteristics of epoxy composites

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    Highlights: • Nature of the fibres controls the mechanical and the tribological behaviour of the composites. • The addition of the graphite worsens the tensile properties of the composite. • Addition of date palm fibre enhanced wear and frictional characteristics of composites. • The fibres strengthen the composite while the graphite generates lubricant film transfer. - Abstract: In this article, mechanical and tribological performance of the epoxy composites based on graphite filler and/or date palm fibre are comprehensively discussed. The influence of the date palm fibre and/or graphite filler on the microstructure of the materials, tensile fracture samples, and worn surface of tribological samples are examined using scanning electron microscopy. The results revealed that interfacial adhesion of the date palm fibre with the epoxy is the key of the mechanical and tribological performance of natural fibre/polymer composites. The addition of the graphite is highly recommended for the natural fibre/polymer composites which can assist to reduce the friction which in turn enhances the wear characteristics of the polymer composites; however, the high content of the graphite deteriorates the mechanical properties

  2. Preliminary study on the development of EFB Fibre-sago starch composites: impact and flexural properties

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    There is growing interest in the use of natural fibres as the reinforcements for polymer composites in the automotive industry and as matrix for composites in building products application to replace synthetic fibres. In this respect the aim of this study is to develop an environmental friendly composites for furniture industry based on EFB fibres and sago starch. In this preliminary study, a basic composition and processing of EFB fibres-sago starch composites were established and the properties of the composites were determined. EFB fibre content was varied between 50-80% by weight. The amount of sago starch in liquid form was also varied and final weight percentage of sago starch added into the EFB fibres was adjusted accordingly. The mixtures of EFB fibres and sago starch were blended using Haake Rheomixer. The preliminary results indicate that the impact and flexural strengths increased up to 33.58 J/m2 and 18.92 Mpa, respectively at 70% fibres contents. Further study is now being conducted to improve the processability of the composites by adding plasticisers and processing aids and to incorporate certain reactive additives that can enhance electron beam cross linking for further improvement on the mechanical properties of the composites. (Author)

  3. Analysis of filler--fibre interaction in fly ash filled short fibre-epoxy composites using ultrasonic NDE

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    S M Kulkarni; D Anuradha; C R L Murthy; Kishore

    2002-04-01

    Size and aspect ratio are believed to influence the rheology or the flow in the mixture and in turn the mechanical performance of the composites. Fillers and fibres when used in combination are expected to complement each other's performance resulting in better properties for the composite. They also reduce the extent of matrix polymer required in the system. Composites involving fillers and fibres individually and in combination are studied for the level defect population using NDE and the mechanical performance under compression correlated with such an analysis. It was found that inclusion filler-fibre combination besides yielding better physical properties like density also yielded improved mechanical properties like strength and modulus. These properties showed an improvement of about 30-40% as compared to the ones where a single reinforcement either ash or fibre was used. Further, they exhibited uniform distribution of defects whose population was least compared to the situation where only one component (either filler or fibre) as reinforcement was tried.

  4. Pulse-Width Increase of Reflex Triode Vircator Using the Carbon Fibre Cathode

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    Liu, Lie; Li, Li-Min; Zhang, Xiao-Ping; Wen, Jian-Chun; Wan, Hong

    2006-04-01

    We present the investigation on the reflex triode virtual cathode oscillator in which performances of carbon-fibre and stainless-steel cathodes are compared with each other. The experimental results and analyses show that surface tracking induces the electron emission of the carbon fibre cathode. There are electron emission phenomena observed not only from the top of the carbon fibre but also from its side surface. Compared with the case of the stainless steel cathode, the plasma expansion velocity for the carbon fibre cathode is slower, and using the carbon fibre cathode can widen the pulse width of output microwave. The output microwave pulse width reaches an increase of about 20%. This mechanism is different from the conventional explosive emission of metal cathodes.

  5. Pulse-width increase of reflex triode vircator using the carbon fibre cathode

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    The authors present the investigation on the reflex triode virtual cathode oscillator in which performances of carbon fibre and stainless-steel cathodes are compared with each other. The experimental results and analyses show that surface tracking induces the electron emission of the carbon fibre cathode. There are electron emission phenomena observed not only from the top of the carbon fibre but also from its side surface. Compared with the case of the stainless steel cathode, the plasma expansion velocity for the carbon fibre cathode is slower, and using the carbon fibre cathode can widen the pulse width of output microwave. The output microwave pulse width reaches an increase of about 20%. This mechanism is different from the conventional explosive emission of metal cathodes. (authors)

  6. Correlation between mechanical and dielectric properties of Alfa/Wool/Polymeric hybrid fibres reinforced polyester composites

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    Dielectric measurements and tensile testing of polyester/natural fibres (Alfa/wool) and thermo binder fibres (Pe/Pet) composites were investigated in order to study the adhesion of the fibres in the polyester matrix. Two composites #1 and #2 having 17:1:2 and 17:2:1 as a relative fraction of alfa/wool and thermo binder (Pe/Pet), respectively, have been characterized in this study. The obtained results revealed that the fibres adhesion in the matrix was better in the composite #1 than in the composite #2. Indeed, the analysis of the interfacial or Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) polarization intensity, using the Havriliak–Negami model, has shown a lower intensity and the tensile testing exhibited a higher Young modulus in the composite #1. So the thermo binder fibres improve this adhesion

  7. Toughening and healing of continuous fibre reinforced composites with bis-maleimide based pre-pregs

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    Kostopoulos, V.; Kotrotsos, A.; Tsantzalis, S.; Tsokanas, P.; Christopoulos, A. C.; Loutas, T.

    2016-08-01

    Unidirectional (UD) pre-pregs containing self-healing materials based on Diels–Alder reaction bis-maleimide (BMI) polymers were successfully incorporated on the mid-plane of UD carbon fibre reinforced polymers. The fracture toughness of these composites and the introduced healing capability were measured under mode I loading. The interlaminar fracture toughness was enhanced considerably, since the maximum load (P max) of the modified composite increased approximately 1.5 times and the mode I fracture energy (G IC) displayed a significant increase of almost 3.5 times when compared to the reference composites. Furthermore the modified composites displayed a healing efficiency (HE) value of about 30% for P max and 20% for G IC after the first healing, appearing to be an almost stable behaviour after the third healing cycle. The HE displayed a decrease of 20% and 15% for P max and G IC values, respectively, after the fifth healing cycle. During the tests, the monitored acoustic emission (AE) activity of the samples showed that there is no significant difference due to the presence of BMI polymer in terms of AE hits. Moreover, optical microscopy not only showed that the epoxy matrix at the interface is partly infiltrated by the BMI polymer, but it also revealed the presence of pulled out fibres at the fractured surface, indicating ductile behaviour.

  8. Pitch carbon microsphere composite

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    Price, H. L.; Nelson, J. B.

    1977-01-01

    Petroleum pitch carbon microspheres were prepared by flash heating emulsified pitch and carbonizing the resulting microspheres in an inert atmosphere. Microsphere composites were obtained from a mixture of microspheres and tetraester precursor pyrrone powder. Scanning electron micrographs of the composite showed that it was an aggregate of microspheres bonded together by the pyrrone at the sphere contact points, with voids in and among the microspheres. Physical, thermal, and sorption properties of the composite are described. Composite applications could include use as a honeycomb filler in elevated-temperature load-bearing sandwich boards or in patient-treatment tables for radiation treatment of tumors.

  9. Characterization of Glass Fibre – Coconut Coir– Human Hair Hybrid Composites

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    D. Senthilnathan; A Gnanavel Babu; G.B.Bhaskar; KGS. Gopinath

    2014-01-01

    A composite material is a combination of two or more materials arranged in the form of layer one on the other layer using binding material through some prescribed methods. In the Glass fibre coconut fibre human hair hybrid composite method, the epoxy resin is used as binding material, in which one layer is formed of glass fibre, followed by coconut fibre and then by human hair. By using hand layup method and by changing the above arrangement of layers, six types of laminates are prepared by u...

  10. Static and fatigue behaviour of glass-fibre-reinforced polypropylene composites

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    Ferreira, J. A. M.; Costa, J. D. M.; Reis, P. N. B.

    1999-01-01

    This paper is concerned with fatigue of polypropylene/glass-fibre thermoplastic composites produced from a bi-directional woven cloth mixture of E glass fibres and polypropylene fibres. The latter becomes the matrix after the application of heat and pressure. This composite was manufactured with a fibre volume fraction Vf of 0.338. The effect of layer design on the static and fatigue performance was investigated. The S-N curves, the rise in the temperature of the specimens during the tests an...

  11. Predicting the tensile modulus and strength of single and hybrid natural fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites

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    Facca, Angelo George

    Natural fibre reinforced thermoplastics (NFRT) are used in a variety of commercial applications, but there is little theoretical modeling of structure/property relationships in these materials. In this thesis, micromechanical models available in the short-fibre literature were adapted to predict the tensile modulus and strength of some NFRT formulations. Hemp, 20 and 40-mesh hardwood, rice hulls and E-glass fibres were blended into HDPE to produce single and hybrid composites. Changes in fibre density and moisture content that occur during composite manufacturing were included in the micromechanical models. To account for fibre densification, the Young's modulus of the natural fibres was determined on a cell wall basis. A modified hybrid rule of mixtures (HROM) equation that uses experimental data from single NFRT was developed and found to adequately predict the tensile modulus of the hybrid composites. The tensile modulus for both the single and hybrid composites was found to linearly increase with an increase in fibre loading. The failure mechanism for all composite specimens was due to fibre pullout followed by matrix failure. Consequently the tensile strength of the NFRT was predicted using a ROM strength equation, which was modified with a derived semi-empirical fibre clustering parameter. The clustering parameter correctly predicted that as fibre loading increased, the average fibre stress would decrease. By assuming no contact between different types of fibres it was possible to use a modified HROM strength equation to predict the tensile strength of the hybrid composites. As a result parameters taken from the respective single fibre systems could be applied directly to the HROM equation. The modified ROM and HROM strength equations adequately predicted the tensile strength of various single and hybrid fibre reinforced composites over a wide range of composite loading. In this study experiments were conducted to shed light on the effect of a coupling agent

  12. Effects of moisture on the mechanical properties of glass fibre reinforced vinylester resin composites

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    Rita Roy; B K Sarkar; N R Bose

    2001-02-01

    Glass fibre reinforced vinylester resin composites incorporating varying amounts of fibres (63.5, 55.75, 48.48, 38.63 and 27.48 wt%) were characterized for their mechanical properties both as prepared and after treatment with boiling water for 2, 4, 6, 8 and 24 h. Weights of the samples were found to increase to a saturation at about 8 h with boiling water treatment. In keeping with the composite principle, the mechanical properties improved with fibre loading. However, the properties were relatively inferior when treated with boiling water for longer hours attributing to ingress of moisture by capillary action through the interface between the fibre and the resin matrix. Considering the rates of moisture absorption and correlating with the mechanical properties, it was observed that the deteriorating effects were predominant up to 4 h treatment with boiling water. Estimation of defect concentrations for 63.5 wt% of nascent fibre reinforced composites as well as those composites treated with boiling water for 24 h were 56.93% and 64.16% respectively. Similarly, 27.48 wt% nascent fibre reinforced composites and those composites with boiling water treatment showed the estimation of defect concentrations of 39.94% and 50.55% respectively. SEM study of the fractured surfaces showed heavy fibre pull-out in the tensile zone whilst shear fracture of the fibre bundles was predominant at the compressive zone of the samples tested for flexural strength properties.

  13. Effect of Moisture Absorption Behavior on Mechanical Properties of Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

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    Amuthakkannan Pandian

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study of mechanical properties of fibre reinforced polymeric materials under different environmental conditions is much important. This is because materials with superior ageing resistance can be satisfactorily durable. Moisture effects in fibre reinforced plastic composites have been widely studied. Basalt fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester resin composites were subjected to water immersion tests using both sea and normal water in order to study the effects of water absorption behavior on mechanical properties. Composites specimens containing woven basalt, short basalt, and alkaline and acid treated basalt fibres were prepared. Water absorption tests were conducted by immersing specimens in water at room temperature for different time periods till they reached their saturation state. The tensile, flexural, and impact properties of water immersed specimens were conducted and compared with dry specimens as per the ASTM standard. It is concluded that the water uptake of basalt fibre is considerable loss in the mechanical properties of the composites.

  14. Parametric Study of End Milling Glass Fibre Reinforced Composites

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    This paper discusses the application of Taguchi 'Design of Experiment' method to investigate the effects of end milling parameters on machinability characteristics of unidirectional E-glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites. A series of milling experiments were conducted using tungsten carbide end milling cutters at various spindle speeds, feed rates and depths of cut. Taguchi analysis was carried out and the signal to noise (S/N) ratio with analysis of variance (ANOVA) was employed to analyse the effects of those parameters on GFRP machinability. Overall, the results of the current investigations present some desirable combinations of the machining parameters that can further enhance the end milling machinability characteristics to suit the final requirements of the finished GFRP products.

  15. Parametric Study of End Milling Glass Fibre Reinforced Composites

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    Azmi, Azwan I.; Lin, Richard J. T.; Bhattacharyya, Debes

    2011-01-01

    This paper discusses the application of Taguchi `Design of Experiment' method to investigate the effects of end milling parameters on machinability characteristics of unidirectional E-glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites. A series of milling experiments were conducted using tungsten carbide end milling cutters at various spindle speeds, feed rates and depths of cut. Taguchi analysis was carried out and the signal to noise (S/N) ratio with analysis of variance (ANOVA) was employed to analyse the effects of those parameters on GFRP machinability. Overall, the results of the current investigations present some desirable combinations of the machining parameters that can further enhance the end milling machinability characteristics to suit the final requirements of the finished GFRP products.

  16. Prediction of failure in notched carbon-fibre-reinforced-polymer laminates under multi-axial loading.

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    Tan, J L Y; Deshpande, V S; Fleck, N A

    2016-07-13

    A damage-based finite-element model is used to predict the fracture behaviour of centre-notched quasi-isotropic carbon-fibre-reinforced-polymer laminates under multi-axial loading. Damage within each ply is associated with fibre tension, fibre compression, matrix tension and matrix compression. Inter-ply delamination is modelled by cohesive interfaces using a traction-separation law. Failure envelopes for a notch and a circular hole are predicted for in-plane multi-axial loading and are in good agreement with the observed failure envelopes from a parallel experimental study. The ply-by-ply (and inter-ply) damage evolution and the critical mechanisms of ultimate failure also agree with the observed damage evolution. It is demonstrated that accurate predictions of notched compressive strength are obtained upon employing the band broadening stress for microbuckling, highlighting the importance of this damage mode in compression. This article is part of the themed issue 'Multiscale modelling of the structural integrity of composite materials'. PMID:27242302

  17. Consolidation modeling of fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite materials

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    Thermoplastic matrix composites offer rapid, clean processing compared to their thermoset counterparts. In automotive applications they also provide useful toughness and recyclability. Recent developments in co- mingling technology consisting of uniform combination of reinforcement and matrix have provided a new hybrid yam which facilitates a range of fabrication options combined with the potential for relatively low pressure processing. Both isothermal and non-isothermal compression moulding processes have successfully been used to produce thermoplastic composite materials while maintaining various process parameters. These process parameters including mainly pressure and temperature have a major influence on the final quality of the component including void content due to high melt viscosity of thermoplastic. A mathematical model has been developed and described in this paper that monitors these process parameters and their effect on the quality of the composite material. The results thus obtained were compared with the experimental results obtained by making flat plaques and tubular parts. Co-mingled material used during the experimental and modeling consisted of glass fibre as a reinforcement and polypropylene as the matrix. (author)

  18. Mechanical and thermal properties of polypropylene composites with curaua fibre irradiated with gamma radiation

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    Thermal and mechanical behavior of polypropylene with curaua fibre composites were investigated. The treatment of the curaua fibres was processed in alkaline solution (10% wt NaOH). A coupling agent was used (maleic anhydride) to increase the adhesion of the fibre/matrix interface. This composite was irradiated with gamma source in the doses of 5, 15 and 30 kGy and the adhesion between the fibres and the polymeric matrix was monitored to observe probable changes. The thermal behavior was evaluated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetry (TGA). The mechanical behavior was evaluated using tensile strength in comparison with non-reinforced polypropylene resin. The morphology of the composite fracture surface was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). There were no significant changes in the thermal properties neither in the adhesion of irradiated fibres at doses of 5, 15 and 30 kGy of gamma radiation. (author)

  19. Properties of compression moulded new fully biobased thermoset composites with aligned flax fibre textiles

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    Pohl, Th.; Bierer, M.; Natter, E.;

    2011-01-01

    thermoset composite with aligned flax fibre textiles was developed using a bioderived matrix resin. The thermoset furan resin has recently received interest due to its good environmental profile containing no petrochemicals, using water as solvent and biomass as raw material. The new resin also shows good...... mechanical performance and excellent fire resistance. In the present study, aligned natural fibre textiles, randomly oriented natural fibre textiles and glass fibre textiles have been hand laid up and impregnated with the furan resin to form prepregs. After precuring, the prepregs were consolidated into......The development of aligned natural fibre reinforced composites utilising biobased thermosets is an essential step towards the manufacture of ecofriendly composite systems. In many cases, the matrix system, which is usually oil based in nature, is disregarded. Therefore, a new fully biobased...

  20. Three-Phase Carbon Fiber Amine Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes Epoxy Composite: Processing, Characterisation, and Multiscale Modeling

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    Kamal Sharma; Mukul Shukla

    2014-01-01

    The present paper discusses the key issues of carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersion and effect of functionalisation on the mechanical properties of multiscale carbon epoxy composites. In this study, CNTs were added in epoxy matrix and further reinforced with carbon fibres. Predetermined amounts of optimally amine functionalised CNTs were dispersed in epoxy matrix, and unidirectional carbon fiber laminates were produced. The effect of the presence of CNTs (1.0 wt%) in the resin was reflected by pro...

  1. Excellent bonding behaviour of novel surface-tailored fibre composite rods with cementitious matrix

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    Fernando Cunha; Sohel Rana; Raul Fangueiro; Graça Vasconcelos

    2014-08-01

    Novel composite rods were produced by a special braiding technique that involves braiding of polyester yarns around a core of resin-impregnated carbon fibres and subsequent curing. The surface roughness of these braided rods was tailored by replacing one or two simple yarns in the outer-braided layer with braided yarns (produced from 8 simple yarns) and adjusting the take-up velocity. Pull-out tests were carried out to characterize the bond behaviour of these composite rods with cementitious matrix. It was observed that the rod produced with two braided yarns in the outer cover and highest take-up speed was ruptured completely before pull-out, leading to full utilization of its tensile strength, and exhibited 134% higher pull-out force as compared to the rods produced using only simple braiding yarns.

  2. Study on durability of natural fibre concrete composites using mechanical strength and microstructural properties

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    M Sivaraja; Kandasamy; N Velmani; M Sudhakaran Pillai

    2010-12-01

    Investigations to overcome the brittle response and limiting post-yield energy absorption of concrete led to the development of fibre reinforced concrete using discrete fibres within the concrete mass. Out of the commonly used fibres, easily available low cost natural fibres are renewable source materials. Though these fibres are ecologically advantageous, they have some limitations such as lower durability and lesser strength. But recent research provides several treatment processes to enhance the durability of natural fibres. In this paper, the durability of natural fibres such as coconut coir and sugarcane bagasse has been reported by conducting an experimental investigation. This investigation includes two parts. The first part focuses on the determination of mechanical strength properties such as compressive, tensile, modulus of rupture and flexural properties of natural fibre reinforced concrete specimens once every 3 months for a period for 2 years under alternate wetting and drying conditions. Gain or loss in strength of composite concrete at 9 intervals were computed and are reported here. The second part covers the microstructural properties of fresh natural fibres in as received condition and natural fibres reacted with concrete under accelerated curing conditions for two years. SEM and EDAC test results are discussed.

  3. Recent Development of Flax Fibres and Their Reinforced Composites Based on Different Polymeric Matrices

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    Hrushikesh Abhyankar

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This work describes flax fibre reinforced polymeric composites with recent developments. The properties of flax fibres, as well as advanced fibre treatments such as mercerization, silane treatment, acylation, peroxide treatment and coatings for the enhancement of flax/matrix incompatibility are presented. The characteristic properties and characterizations of flax composites on various polymers including polypropylene (PP and polylactic acid, epoxy, bio-epoxy and bio-phenolic resin are discussed. A brief overview is also given on the recent nanotechnology applied in flax composites.

  4. Myosin heavy chain composition of single fibres from m. biceps brachii of male body builders

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    Klitgaard, H; Zhou, M.-Y.; Richter, Erik

    1990-01-01

    expression of MHC isoforms within histochemical type II fibres of human skeletal muscle with body building. Furthermore, in human skeletal muscle differences in expression of MHC isoforms may not always be reflected in the traditional histochemical classification of types I, IIa, IIb and IIc fibres.......The myosin heavy chain (MHC) composition of single fibres from m. biceps brachii of young sedentary men (28 +/- 0.4 years, mean +/- SE, n = 4) and male body builders (25 +/- 2.0 years, n = 4) was analysed with a sensitive one-dimensional electrophoretic technique. Compared with sedentary men, the...... body builders had a higher proportion of fibres containing only MHC type IIa (36 +/- 4 vs 12 +/- 2%; P less than 0.05), but a lower proportion of fibres with a coexistence of MHC types IIa and IIb (16 +/- 3 vs 34 +/- 2%; P less than 0.05) and nearly no fibres containing only MHC type IIb (1 +/- 1 vs 12...

  5. Kenaf Fibre Reinforced Polypropylene Composites: Effect of Cyclic Immersion on Tensile Properties

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    W. H. Haniffah

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This research studied the degradation of tensile properties of kenaf fibre reinforced polypropylene composites due to cyclic immersion into two different solutions, as well as comparison of the developed composites’ tensile properties under continuous and cyclic immersion. Composites with 40% and 60% fibre loadings were immersed in tap water and bleach for 4 cycles. Each cycle consisted of 3 days of immersion and 4 days of conditioning in room temperature (28°C and 55% humidity. The tensile strength and modulus of composites were affected by fibre composition, type of liquid of immersion, and number of cycles. The number of immersion cycles and conditioning caused degradation to tensile strength and modulus of kenaf fibre reinforced polypropylene composites. Continuous and cyclic immersion in bleach caused tensile strength of the composites to differ significantly whereas, for tensile modulus, the difference was insignificant in any immersion and fibre loadings. However, continuous immersion in the bleach reduced the tensile strength of composites more compared to cyclic immersion. These preliminary results suggest further evaluation of the suitability of kenaf fibre reinforced polypropylene composites for potential bathroom application where the composites will be exposed to water/liquid in cyclic manner due to discontinuous usage of bathroom.

  6. Influence of fibre treatments on mechanical properties of short Sansevieria cylindrica/polyester composites

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    Highlights: ► Fibre treatments were performed to improve interfacial bond between SCF and matrix. ► Mechanical properties of treated SCFP composites are greater than USCFP composites. ► PSCFP composites show maximum mechanical properties among treated SCFP composites. ► SEM analysis revealed that the wetting of PSCFs by the polyester resin was good. ► KMnO4 treatment is ideal treatment for SCFs to get optimum mechanical properties. -- Abstract: In the present study, to improve the interfacial bond between Sansevieria cylindrica fibres (SCFs) and polyester matrix, chemical surface treatments have been performed on the fibres. Treatments including alkali, benzoyl peroxide, potassium permanganate and stearic acid were carried out to modify the fibre surface. Raw and each type of treated SCF samples were utilised separately for fabricating the composites. The mechanical properties of composites prepared from the chemically treated SCFs are found to be much better than those of the untreated ones. Potassium-permanganate-treated S. cylindrica fibre/polyester (PSCFP) composites showed optimum mechanical properties among the treated S. cylindrica fibre/polyester (SCFP) composites. The surface morphologies of fracture surfaces of composites were recorded using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM micrographs reveal that interfacial bonding between potassium-permanganate-treated SCF (PSCF) and polyester matrix has significantly improved, suggesting that better dispersion of PSCF into the matrix has occurred upon potassium permanganate treatment of SCF.

  7. Deformation mechanisms of carbon nanotube fibres under tensile loading by in situ Raman spectroscopy analysis

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    Deformation mechanisms of carbon nanotube (CNT) fibres under tensile loading are studied by means of in situ Raman spectroscopy to detect the CNT deformation and stress distributions in the fibres. The G' band in the Raman spectrum responds distinctly to the tensile stress in Raman shift, width and intensity. The G' band changes with the tensile deformation of the fibre at different stages, namely elastic deformation, strengthening and damage-fracture. It is deduced that the individual CNTs only deform elastically without obvious damage or bond breaking. The yield and fracture of fibres can be due to the slippage among the CNTs.

  8. Interlaminar fracture micro-mechanisms in toughened carbon fibre reinforced plastics investigated via synchrotron radiation computed tomography and laminography

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    Borstnar, G.; M. N. Mavrogordato; Helfen, L.; Sinclair, I.; Spearing, S.M.

    2015-01-01

    Synchrotron Radiation Computed Tomography (SRCT) and Synchrotron Radiation Computed Laminography (SRCL) permit 3D non-destructive evaluation of fracture micro-mechanisms at high spatial resolutions. Two types of particle-toughened Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composites were loaded to allow crack growth in Modes I and II to be isolated and observed in standard and non-standard specimen geometries. Both materials failed in complex and distinct failure modes, showing that interlaminar...

  9. Delamination behaviour of very high modulus carbon/epoxy marine composites

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    Baral, N.; Davies, P; Baley, C.; Bigourdan, B.

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a study of the delamination resistance Of unidirectional carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composites manufactured from prepreg for racing yacht mast applications. Fibre modulus has been varied from 290 to 640 GPa. Two manufacturing methods, oven cure under vacuum and autoclave, were used to produce samples. Results show that delamination resistance tinder mode I and mixed mode loading decreases as fibre modulus increases. The manufacturing route affects G, values by modifying...

  10. From nanoparticles to fibres: effect of dispersion composition on fibre properties

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    A polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-stabilized polypyrrole nanodispersion has been optimised for conductivity and processability by decreasing the quantity of PVA before and after synthesis. A reduction of PVA before synthesis leads to the formation of particles with a slight increase in dry particle diameter (51 ± 6 to 63 ± 3 nm), and conversely a reduced hydrodynamic diameter. Conductivity of the dried nanoparticle films was not measureable after a reduction of PVA prior to synthesis. Using filtration of particles after synthesis, PVA content was sufficiently reduced to achieve dried thin film conductivity of 2 S cm−1, while the electroactivity of the dispersed particles remained unchanged. The as-synthesized and PVA-reduced polypyrrole particles were successfully spun into all-nanoparticle fibres using a wet-extrusion approach without the addition of any polymer or gel matrix. Using nanoparticles as a starting material is a novel approach, which allowed the production of macro-scale fibres that consisted entirely of polypyrrole nanoparticles. Fibres made from PVA-reduced polypyrrole showed higher electroactivity compared to fibres composed of the dispersion high in PVA. The mechanical properties of the fibres were also improved by reducing the amount of PVA present, resulting in a stronger, more ductile and less brittle fibre, which could find potential application in various fields

  11. From nanoparticles to fibres: effect of dispersion composition on fibre properties

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    Schirmer, Katharina S. U.; Esrafilzadeh, Dorna; Thompson, Brianna C.; Quigley, Anita F.; Kapsa, Robert M. I.; Wallace, Gordon G., E-mail: gwallace@uow.edu.au [University of Wollongong, ARC Centre for Electromaterials Science and Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (Australia)

    2015-06-15

    A polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-stabilized polypyrrole nanodispersion has been optimised for conductivity and processability by decreasing the quantity of PVA before and after synthesis. A reduction of PVA before synthesis leads to the formation of particles with a slight increase in dry particle diameter (51 ± 6 to 63 ± 3 nm), and conversely a reduced hydrodynamic diameter. Conductivity of the dried nanoparticle films was not measureable after a reduction of PVA prior to synthesis. Using filtration of particles after synthesis, PVA content was sufficiently reduced to achieve dried thin film conductivity of 2 S cm{sup −1}, while the electroactivity of the dispersed particles remained unchanged. The as-synthesized and PVA-reduced polypyrrole particles were successfully spun into all-nanoparticle fibres using a wet-extrusion approach without the addition of any polymer or gel matrix. Using nanoparticles as a starting material is a novel approach, which allowed the production of macro-scale fibres that consisted entirely of polypyrrole nanoparticles. Fibres made from PVA-reduced polypyrrole showed higher electroactivity compared to fibres composed of the dispersion high in PVA. The mechanical properties of the fibres were also improved by reducing the amount of PVA present, resulting in a stronger, more ductile and less brittle fibre, which could find potential application in various fields.

  12. Improved osteoblast viability in the presence of smaller nanometre dimensioned carbon fibres

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    Price, Rachel L.; Haberstroh, Karen M.; Webster, Thomas J.

    2004-08-01

    Carbon nanofibres have been proposed as a possible new orthopaedic/dental implant material due to their unique mechanical, electrical, and cytocompatibility properties. Specifically, these fibres have dimensions (diameters ranging between 60 and 200 nm and aspect ratios of about 500) similar to hydroxyapatite crystals and collagen fibres found in bone. More importantly, previous in vitro studies have provided evidence that nanophase ({\\le } 100 nm diameter) carbon fibres enhance osteoblast (the bone-producing cell) function over conventional (>100 nm diameter) carbon fibres and current orthopaedic implant materials such as titanium, Ti6Al4V, and CoCrMo. However, articulating components of orthopaedic implant materials may generate harmful wear debris. To determine, for the first time, the influence of carbon nanofibre wear debris on osteoblast viability, direct contact toxicity studies were performed in the present in vitro study. Not surprisingly, the results from direct-contact toxicity studies over a 24 h time period provided evidence of time- and concentration-dependent cell viability decreases when exposed to carbon nanofibres. Most importantly, the results from this study provided the first evidence that nanophase carbon fibres were less detrimental to osteoblast viability compared to larger diameter conventional carbon fibres. For this reason, this in vitro study provided continuing evidence of the promise of nanophase materials (particularly, carbon nanofibres) in improving orthopaedic implant efficiency.

  13. Mechanical properties of soil buried kenaf fibre reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane composites

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    Highlights: • We developed composites from kenaf and thermoplastic polyurethane. • Soil burial of composites after 80 days shows increase in flexural strength. • Soil burial of composites after 80 days shows increase in flexural modulus. • Tensile properties of composites degrade after soil burial tests. • We investigate the morphological fracture through scanning electron microscopy. - Abstract: A study on mechanical properties of soil buried kenaf fibre reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) composites is presented in this paper. Kenaf bast fibre reinforced TPU composites were prepared via melt-mixing method using Haake Polydrive R600 internal mixer. The composites with 30% fibre loading were prepared based on some important parameters; i.e. 190 °C for reaction temperature, 11 min for reaction time and 400 rpm for rotating speed. The composites were subjected to soil burial tests where the purpose of these tests was to study the effect of moisture absorption on the mechanical properties of the composites. Tensile and flexural properties of the composites were determined before and after the soil burial tests for 20, 40, 60 and 80 days. The percentages of both moisture uptake and weight gain after soil burial tests were recorded. Tensile strength of kenaf fibre reinforced TPU composite dropped to ∼16.14 MPa after 80 days of soil burial test. It was also observed that there was no significant change in flexural properties of soil buried kenaf fibre reinforced TPU composite specimens

  14. Nanotube composite carbon fibers

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    Andrews, R.; Jacques, D.; Rao, A. M.; Rantell, T.; Derbyshire, F.; Chen, Y.; Chen, J.; Haddon, R. C.

    1999-08-01

    Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were dispersed in isotropic petroleum pitch matrices to form nanotube composite carbon fibers with enhanced mechanical and electrical properties. We find that the tensile strength, modulus, and electrical conductivity of a pitch composite fiber with 5 wt % loading of purified SWNTs are enhanced by ˜90%, ˜150%, and 340% respectively, as compared to the corresponding values in unmodified isotropic pitch fibers. These results serve to highlight the potential that exits for developing a spectrum of material properties through the selection of the matrix, nanotube dispersion, alignment, and interfacial bonding.

  15. Effect of fibre arrangement on the multiaxial fatigue of fibrous composites: a micromechanical computational model

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    Roberto Brighenti

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Structural components made of fibre-reinforced materials are frequently used in engineering applications. Fibre-reinforced composites are multiphase materials, and complex mechanical phenomena take place at limit conditions but also during normal service situations, especially under fatigue loading, causing a progressive deterioration and damage. Under repeated loading, the degradation mainly occurs in the matrix material and at the fibre-matrix interface, and such a degradation has to be quantified for design structural assessment purposes. To this end, damage mechanics and fracture mechanics theories can be suitably applied to examine such a problem. Damage concepts can be applied to the matrix mechanical characteristics and, by adopting a 3-D mixed mode fracture description of the fibre-matrix detachment, fatigue fracture mechanics concepts can be used to determine the progressive fibre debonding responsible for the loss of load bearing capacity of the reinforcing phase. In the present paper, a micromechanical model is used to evaluate the unixial or multiaxial fatigue behaviour of structures with equi-oriented or randomly distributed fibres. The spatial fibre arrangement is taken into account through a statistical description of their orientation angles for which a Gaussian-like distribution is assumed, whereas the mechanical effect of the fibres on the composite is accounted for by a homogenization approach aimed at obtaining the macroscopic elastic constants of the material. The composite material behaves as an isotropic one for randomly distributed fibres, while it is transversally isotropic for unidirectional fibres. The fibre arrangement in the structural component influences the fatigue life with respect to the biaxiality ratio for multiaxial constant amplitude fatigue loading. One representative parametric example is discussed.

  16. Effect of Oil Palm Fibres Volume Fraction on Mechanical Properties of Polyester Composites

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    Yousif, B. F.

    The effect of two types of oil palm fibres (bunch and fruit) on mechanical properties of polyester composites is examined in the current work considering different volume fractions. Tensile, compression, and flexural properties of the composites were investigated. In addition to that, tensile strengths were calculated theoretically using Hirsch model. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to observe the fracture mechanism of the specimens. Single fibre pull-out tests were performed to determine the interfacial shear strength between polyester resin and both types of oil palm fibres. Results revealed that both types of oil palm fibres enhanced the mechanical performance of polyester composites. At a higher volume fraction (40-50%), tensile strength of the polyester composite was improved, i.e., 2.5 times improvement in the tensile strength value. Experimental tensile strength values of oil palm bunch/polyester composites have a good correlation with the theoretical results, especially at low volume fractions of fibre. Flexural strength of polyester worsened with oil palm fibres at all volume fractions of fibre.

  17. Thermoplastic polybutadiene-based polyurethane/carbon nanofiber composites

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    Špírková, Milena; Duszová, A.; Poreba, Rafal; Kredatusová, Jana; Bureš, R.; Fáberová, M.; Šlouf, Miroslav

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 67, December (2014), s. 434-440. ISSN 1359-8368 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-06700S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : carbon fibre * polymer–matrix composites (PMCs) * mechanical properties Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.983, year: 2014

  18. Microstructure and mechanical performance of modified mortar using hemp fibres and carbon nanotubes

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    2014-04-01

    Mechanical performance of modified mortar using hemp fibres is studied following various processing conditions. Hemp fibres combined with carbon nanotubes (CNT) are introduced in mortar and their effect is studied as function of curing time. The cement phase is replaced by different percentages of dry or wet hemp fibres ranging from 1.1. wt% up to 3.1. wt% whereas carbon nanotubes are dispersed in the aqueous solution. Our experimental results show that compressive and flexural strengths of wet fibres modified mortar are higher than those for dry hemp-mortar material. The achieved optimal percentage of wet hemp fibres is 2.1. wt% allowing a flexural strength higher than that of reference mortar. The addition of an optimal CNT concentration (0.01. wt%) combined with wet hemp has a reinforcing effect which turns to be related to an improvement of compressive and flexural strengths by 10% and 24%, respectively, in comparison with reference condition. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  19. Mechanical properties and fabrication of small boat using woven glass/sugar palm fibres reinforced unsaturated polyester hybrid composite

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    Misri, S; Leman, Z; Sapuan, S M; Ishak, M R, E-mail: sairizal_misri@yahoo.com [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2010-05-15

    In recent years, sugar palm fibre has been found to have great potential to be used as fibre reinforcement in polymer matrix composites. This research investigates the mechanical properties of woven glass/sugar palm fibres reinforced unsaturated polyester hybrid composite. The composite specimens made of different layer of fibres such as strand mat, natural and hand woven of sugar palm fibres. The composites were fabricated using a compression moulding technique. The tensile and impact test was carried out in accordance to ASTM 5083 and ASTM D256 standard. The fibre glass boat is a familiar material used in boat industry. A lot of research on fabrication process such as lay-up, vacuum infusion mould and resin transfer mould has been conducted. Hybrid material of sugar palm fibre and fibre glass was used in fabricating the boat. This research investigates the method selection for fabrication of small boat application of natural fibre composites. The composite specimens made of different layer of fibres; woven glass fibre, strand mat, natural and hand woven of woven sugar palm fibres were prepared. The small boat were fabricated using a compression moulding and lay up technique. The results of the experiment showed that the tensile strength, tensile modulus, elongation at break value and impact strength were higher than the natural woven sugar palm fibre. The best method for fabricating the small boat was compression moulding technique. As a general conclusion, the usage of glass fibre had improved the tensile properties sugar palm fibre composites and compression moulding technique is suitable to be used in making a small boat application of natural fibre composites.

  20. Mechanical properties and fabrication of small boat using woven glass/sugar palm fibres reinforced unsaturated polyester hybrid composite

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    Misri, S.; Leman, Z.; Sapuan, S. M.; Ishak, M. R.

    2010-05-01

    In recent years, sugar palm fibre has been found to have great potential to be used as fibre reinforcement in polymer matrix composites. This research investigates the mechanical properties of woven glass/sugar palm fibres reinforced unsaturated polyester hybrid composite. The composite specimens made of different layer of fibres such as strand mat, natural and hand woven of sugar palm fibres. The composites were fabricated using a compression moulding technique. The tensile and impact test was carried out in accordance to ASTM 5083 and ASTM D256 standard. The fibre glass boat is a familiar material used in boat industry. A lot of research on fabrication process such as lay-up, vacuum infusion mould and resin transfer mould has been conducted. Hybrid material of sugar palm fibre and fibre glass was used in fabricating the boat. This research investigates the method selection for fabrication of small boat application of natural fibre composites. The composite specimens made of different layer of fibres; woven glass fibre, strand mat, natural and hand woven of woven sugar palm fibres were prepared. The small boat were fabricated using a compression moulding and lay up technique. The results of the experiment showed that the tensile strength, tensile modulus, elongation at break value and impact strength were higher than the natural woven sugar palm fibre. The best method for fabricating the small boat was compression moulding technique. As a general conclusion, the usage of glass fibre had improved the tensile properties sugar palm fibre composites and compression moulding technique is suitable to be used in making a small boat application of natural fibre composites.

  1. Mechanical properties and fabrication of small boat using woven glass/sugar palm fibres reinforced unsaturated polyester hybrid composite

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    In recent years, sugar palm fibre has been found to have great potential to be used as fibre reinforcement in polymer matrix composites. This research investigates the mechanical properties of woven glass/sugar palm fibres reinforced unsaturated polyester hybrid composite. The composite specimens made of different layer of fibres such as strand mat, natural and hand woven of sugar palm fibres. The composites were fabricated using a compression moulding technique. The tensile and impact test was carried out in accordance to ASTM 5083 and ASTM D256 standard. The fibre glass boat is a familiar material used in boat industry. A lot of research on fabrication process such as lay-up, vacuum infusion mould and resin transfer mould has been conducted. Hybrid material of sugar palm fibre and fibre glass was used in fabricating the boat. This research investigates the method selection for fabrication of small boat application of natural fibre composites. The composite specimens made of different layer of fibres; woven glass fibre, strand mat, natural and hand woven of woven sugar palm fibres were prepared. The small boat were fabricated using a compression moulding and lay up technique. The results of the experiment showed that the tensile strength, tensile modulus, elongation at break value and impact strength were higher than the natural woven sugar palm fibre. The best method for fabricating the small boat was compression moulding technique. As a general conclusion, the usage of glass fibre had improved the tensile properties sugar palm fibre composites and compression moulding technique is suitable to be used in making a small boat application of natural fibre composites.

  2. Durability and inflammogenic impact of carbon nanotubes compared with asbestos fibres

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    Clark Steve

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has been suggested that carbon nanotubes might conform to the fibre pathogenicity paradigm that explains the toxicities of asbestos and other fibres on a continuum based on length, aspect ratio and biopersistence. Some types of carbon nanotubes satisfy the first two aspects of the fibre paradigm but only recently has their biopersistence begun to be investigated. Biopersistence is complex and requires in vivo testing and analysis. However durability, the chemical mimicking of the process of fibre dissolution using in vitro treatment, is closely related to biopersistence and more readily determined. Here, we describe an experimental process to determine the durability of four types of carbon nanotubes in simulated biological fluid (Gambles solution, and their subsequent pathogenicity in vivo using a mouse model sensitive to inflammogenic effects of fibres. The in vitro and in vivo results were compared with well-characterised glass wool and asbestos fibre controls. Results After incubation for up to 24 weeks in Gambles solution, our control fibres were recovered at percentages consistent with their known in vitro durabilities and/or in vivo persistence, and three out of the four types of carbon nanotubes tested (single-walled (CNTSW and multi-walled (CNTTANG2, CNTSPIN showed no, or minimal, loss of mass or change in fibre length or morphology when examined by electron microscopy. However, the fourth type [multi-walled (CNTLONG1] lost 30% of its original mass within the first three weeks of incubation, after which there was no further loss. Electron microscopy of CNTLONG1 samples incubated for 10 weeks confirmed that the proportion of long fibres had decreased compared to samples briefly exposed to the Gambles solution. This loss of mass and fibre shortening was accompanied by a loss of pathogenicity when injected into the peritoneal cavities of C57Bl/6 mice compared to fibres incubated briefly. CNTSW did not elicit an

  3. The effects of fibre architecture on fatigue life-time of composite materials

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    Hansen, Jens Zangenberg; Østergaard, Rasmus

    Wind turbine rotor blades are among the largest composite structures manufactured of fibre reinforced polymer. During the service life of a wind turbine rotor blade, it is subjected to cyclic loading that potentially can lead to material failure, also known as fatigue. With reference to glass fibre...... reinforced composites used for the main laminate of a wind turbine rotor blade, the problem addressed in the present work is the effect of the fibre and fabric architecture on the fatigue life-time under tension-tension loading. Fatigue of composite materials has been a central research topic for the last...... decades; however, a clear answer to what causes the material to degrade, has not been given yet. Even for the simplest kind of fibre reinforced composites, the axially loaded unidirectional material, the fatigue failure modes are complex, and require advanced experimental techniques and characterisation...

  4. Microstructural Characterization of Nanocrystalline Sn-Coated Carbon Fibre Electrodes Cycled in Li-Ion Cells

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    Bhattacharya, Sandeep; Shafiei, Mehdi; Alpas, Ahmet T.

    2015-12-01

    The mechanisms of electrochemical capacity retention and eventual degradation in composite anodes prepared by electrodepositing nanocrystalline Sn coating on carbon fibres (CF), Sn-CF, were studied using in situ optical microscopy, high-resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Specific capacity changes of Sn-CF anodes ( vs Li/Li+) were observed to take place in three stages: during the first two galvanostatic cycles, a rapid capacity decrease (from 1045 to 930 mAh g-1) occurred, which was followed by a steady-state stage where the capacity remained constant at 922 ± 22 mAh g-1. The fast capacity drop of Sn-CF in the first cycle was attributed to the partial decohesion of Sn from CFs although the carbon substrate remained unaffected due to formation of a layer from the solid electrolyte reduction products. The pure Sn electrode with a higher initial specific capacity than the Sn-CF displayed a rapid decrease in the same range, whereas the specific capacity of the uncoated CF was already much lower as the fibres were severely damaged in the first cycle.

  5. Interface and internal compatibility in a copper fibre cement composite

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    Kittl, P.

    1993-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the mechanical behaviour of a compacted composite formed by short ductile copper fibres randomly distributed in portland cement matrix. The samples, a half with fibres and the other without them, were subjected to compression fatigue. So, 1 hertz and the value of stress corresponding to the 1% of the probability of fracture by gradual load were used. Diagrams of cumulative probability of fracture against cycles are obtained for both types of samples. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the mechanisms of fracture are different in each case. Samples of compacted neat-cement paste finish their life with a catastrophic fracture whereas samples of composite behave like a pseudoductile material devoid of catastrophic failure. The results are discussed and compared with the ones obtained by thermal shock and by the interface brittleness theory, as well as with the statistical theory of time-dependent fracture for cementitious materials subjected to cyclic loading. So, in the thermal shock microcracks are generated in the interface matrix-fibre which simultaneously act as emmitings and sumps of cracks whereas this does not occur in mechanical fatigue.

    Este trabajo presenta el comportamiento mecánico de un compuesto fabricado por compactación y constituido por fibras de cobre distribuidas aleatoriamente en una matriz de cemento portland. Las muestras, la mitad con fibras y la otra sin ellas, se sometieron a fatiga por compresión. El ciclo de carga fue de 1 hertz y la carga aplicada aquella correspondiente a la tensión asociada a un 1% de probabilidad de fractura cuando la carga se aplica gradualmente. Para ambos tipos de muestras se graficaron los diagramas de probabilidad acumulativa de fractura en función del número de ciclos. Con microscopía electrónica de barrido se observó que el mecanismo de fractura es diferente para cada tipo de muestras. Aquellas de pasta pura de cemento compactada terminaron su ciclo de

  6. Mechanical characterisation of hybrid composite laminates based on basalt fibres in combination with flax, hemp and glass fibres manufactured by vacuum infusion

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    Highlights: ► For the first time, hybrid laminates with three different fibres were produced. ► Concerns are confirmed on the brittleness of hybrid laminates with basalt fibre core. ► An optimal configuration (FHB) for flexural properties was singled out. ► Differences between tensile and flexural properties of hybrids were identified. ► In general, the specific mechanical properties of the hybrids are quite high. - Abstract: This work concerns the production by vacuum infusion and the comparison of the properties of different hybrid composite laminates, based on basalt fibre composites as the inner core, and using also glass, flax and hemp fibre laminates to produce symmetrical configurations, all of them with a 21–23% fibre volume, in an epoxy resin. The laminates have been subjected to tensile, three-point flexural and interlaminar shear strength tests and their fracture surfaces have been characterised by scanning electron microscopy. The mechanical performance of all the hybrid laminates appears superior to pure hemp and flax fibre reinforced laminates and inferior to basalt fibre laminates. Among the hybrids, the best properties are offered by those obtained by adding glass and flax to basalt fibre reinforced laminates. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation of hybrid laminates showed the diffuse presence of fibre pull-out in hemp and flax fibre reinforced layers and a general trend of brittle failure

  7. The Effects of Fibre Volume Fraction on a Glass-Epoxy Composite Material

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    Ciprian LARCO

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the analysis of the longitudinal mechanical properties of Glass Fibre Reinforce Plastic (GFRP plates with different fibre volume fraction, Vf, by considering both analytical and experimental methods. The laminate is 0/90 E-glass/epoxy woven composite material made by hand lay-up technique. Fiber volume fraction, determined by ignition loss method, has a direct influence on the ultimate strength and modulus of elasticity of the composite plate. Tensile tests on specimens with different volume fractions allow the identification of the mathematical relationship between the fibre volume fraction and the longitudinal elastic modulus.

  8. Hybrid type anterior fibre-reinforced composite resin prosthesis: a case report.

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    Garoushi, Sufyan; Shinya, Akikazu; Shinya, Akiyoshi; Vallittu, Pekka K

    2008-03-01

    A variety of therapeutic modalities, from implant to conventional Maryland prosthesis, can be used for the replacement of a missing anterior tooth. In patients refusing implant treatment, when minimal teeth reduction is preferred, a fibre reinforced composite (FRC) prosthesis can be a good alternative to conventional prosthetic techniques. The purpose of this case report is to describe the clinical procedure for fabricating hybrid type FRC prosthesis with pre-impregnated unidirectional E-glass fibres. Fibre-reinforced composite, in combination with adhesive technology, appears promising treatment option for replacing missing teeth. However, further clinical investigation will be required to provide additional information on this technique. PMID:18468325

  9. A simple model for characterizing non-uniform fibre-based composites and networks

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    A mean-field model is presented that describes non-uniformities in the spatial distribution of fibres in networks and composites in terms of fluctuations in the local composition. The mean pore radius, specific surface area, lineal path function, and chord length probability density are expressed as functions of the fibre volume fraction within a heuristic formalism. The impact of statistical heterogeneities in the fibre distribution upon the elastic moduli is assessed within the semi-empirical Reuss-Voigt-Hill averaging scheme. Results from illustrative calculations suggest that such macroscopically averaged material properties are particularly sensitive to variations in the mean pore radius.

  10. A simple model for characterizing non-uniform fibre-based composites and networks.

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    Chatterjee, Avik P

    2011-04-20

    A mean-field model is presented that describes non-uniformities in the spatial distribution of fibres in networks and composites in terms of fluctuations in the local composition. The mean pore radius, specific surface area, lineal path function, and chord length probability density are expressed as functions of the fibre volume fraction within a heuristic formalism. The impact of statistical heterogeneities in the fibre distribution upon the elastic moduli is assessed within the semi-empirical Reuss-Voigt-Hill averaging scheme. Results from illustrative calculations suggest that such macroscopically averaged material properties are particularly sensitive to variations in the mean pore radius. PMID:21436504

  11. The Effects of Fibre Volume Fraction on a Glass-Epoxy Composite Material

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    Ciprian LARCO; Radu PAHONIE; Ioana EDU

    2015-01-01

    This paper focuses on the analysis of the longitudinal mechanical properties of Glass Fibre Reinforce Plastic (GFRP) plates with different fibre volume fraction, Vf, by considering both analytical and experimental methods. The laminate is 0/90 E-glass/epoxy woven composite material made by hand lay-up technique. Fiber volume fraction, determined by ignition loss method, has a direct influence on the ultimate strength and modulus of elasticity of the composite plate. Tensile tests on specimens...

  12. Fibre type composition of female longus capitis and longus colli muscles.

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    Miller, Alexandra; Woodley, Stephanie J; Cornwall, Jon

    2016-03-01

    Effective management of neck pain requires detailed knowledge of cervical muscle structure and function. Information on muscle fibre type assists in determining function; few data exist on the fibre type composition of many cervical muscles. The purpose of this study was to investigate the fibre type composition of longus capitis (LCa) and longus colli (LCo) to provide a better understanding of their function. Muscle sections were harvested unilaterally from LCa (C2-C7) and LCo (C3, C6, T1) in seven female cadavers (mean age 86 ± 9 years). Immunohistochemistry was used to identify type I and type II fibres, and stereology (random systematic sampling) used to determine fibre numbers. Data were assessed using descriptive statistics and one-way ANOVA (significance P < 0.05). Fifty-two sections were assessed (82,785 fibres; mean 1,592 ± 927 per section). LCa had a significantly greater proportion of type I fibres than LCo (64.3 % vs 55.7 %, P = 0.011). The percentage of fibre types varied significantly between individuals in LCa, but not LCo. No significant difference was found in the proportion of type I fibres between cervical levels for either LCa or LCo. LCa and LCo appear functionally different in elderly females, with LCa potentially having a more postural role (higher type I fibre proportion). Fibre types were homogenous throughout each muscle, indicating that contractile function is similar across the length of individual muscles. Further studies across a larger age-span and in males are required to determine whether results are representative of other populations. PMID:25794488

  13. Regenerated thermosetting styrene-co-acrylonitrile sandwich composite panels reinforced by jute fibre: structures and properties

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    Jinglong Li; Qin Peng; Anrong Zeng; Junlin Li; Xiaole Wu; Xiaofei Liu

    2016-02-01

    Jute fibres-reinforced sandwich regenerated composite panels were fabricated using industrial waste thermosetting styrene-co-acrylonitrile (SAN) foam scraps via compression moulding for the purpose of recycling waste SAN foam and obtaining high physical performance. The jute fibres were, respectively, treated by heat, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solution (5.0 wt%), and N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc) in order to improve the mechanical properties of the composites. The structures and mechanical properties of the composites were studied. The SAN matrix got compact and some crystalline region formed in SAN matrix via compression moulding. The composite reinforced by DMAc-treated jute fibres performed optimum mechanical properties among the regenerated panels whose impact strength, flexural strength, and compressive strength were 19.9 kJ m−2, 41.7 MPa, and 61.0 MPa, respectively. Good interfacial bonding between DMAc-treated fibres and SAN matrix was verified by peel test and exhibited in SEM photographs. Besides, the water absorption of DMAc-treated fibres composite was lower than other SAN/jute fibre-reinforced sandwich composite panels.

  14. Characterization of Glass Fibre – Coconut Coir– Human Hair Hybrid Composites

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    D. Senthilnathan

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available A composite material is a combination of two or more materials arranged in the form of layer one on the other layer using binding material through some prescribed methods. In the Glass fibre coconut fibre human hair hybrid composite method, the epoxy resin is used as binding material, in which one layer is formed of glass fibre, followed by coconut fibre and then by human hair. By using hand layup method and by changing the above arrangement of layers, six types of laminates are prepared by using the resin of LY556 and hardness HY951.The six types of laminates are Glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRPCoconut coir reinforced plastic(CCRP,Human hair reinforced plastic(HHRP,Glass – Coconut coir - human hair- Glass hybrid composite (GCHGRP,Coconut coir-glass- human hair-coconut coir hybrid composite (CGHCRP and human hair-coconut coir-glass-human hair hybrid composite (HCGHRP . As per ASTM standard, specimens are prepared in the above said six conduct various tests such as tensile, flexural, shear, impact and hardness tests. From the characterization of Glass-coconut coir-Human hair hybrid composite, it is observed that Eco-friendly coconut coir and human hair inclusion in the Glass fibre laminates have significantly influenced the mechanical properties.

  15. Study of Mechanical Properties of Composite Materials Made from Palm Fruit Fibre and Sawdust

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    E.K. Sosu

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available To study the possibility of using a composite material made from palm fruit fibre and sawdust as a building material, the modulus of elasticity, fracture load and the maximum deflection of mahogany sawdust and palm fruit fibre-kotolyn veneer composites have been determined using the static bending test. The sawdust particles were sieved into different particle sizes (d: coarse (1.1 mm≤d≤4.8 mm, medium (0.8 mm≤d≤1.1 mm and fine (d≤0.8 mm. Briquettes were made from the sawdust of approximately same particle sizes mixed with palm fibre in different weights proportions, using ‘wood’ glue as a binder. The briquettes were then sandwiched between two pieces of Kotolyn veneer to form the composites. They were then subjected to bending tests. The composite materials made from 100wt% of coarse size sawdust recorded the highest fracture load and modulus of elasticity of 48.00×102 N and 2.23× 106 Nm-2, respectively. Among the composites containing both fibre and sawdust, the 90% wt coarse size-10 wt% fibre recorded the highest fracture load and modulus of elasticity of 30.90×102 N and 1.07×106 Nm-2. Mechanical strength of the composite decreased with decreasing fibre content. The maximum deflection, however, increased with increasing fibre content. The incorporation of fibre into the sawdust briquettes introduces some degree of flexibility into the composite materials with a decrease in the strength and doesn’t make good building material but can be used for domestic finishing’s.

  16. Bioinspired self-healing of advanced composite structures using hollow glass fibres.

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    Trask, R S; Williams, G J; Bond, I P

    2007-04-22

    Self-healing is receiving an increasing amount of worldwide interest as a method to autonomously address damage in materials. The incorporation of a self-healing capability within fibre-reinforced polymers has been investigated by a number of workers previously. The use of functional repair components stored inside hollow glass fibres (HGF) is one such bioinspired approach being considered. This paper considers the placement of self-healing HGF plies within both glass fibre/epoxy and carbon fibre/epoxy laminates to mitigate damage occurrence and restore mechanical strength. The study investigates the effect of embedded HGF on the host laminates mechanical properties and also the healing efficiency of the laminates after they were subjected to quasi-static impact damage. The results of flexural testing have shown that a significant fraction of flexural strength can be restored by the self-repairing effect of a healing resin stored within hollow fibres. PMID:17251131

  17. Fibre break failure processes in unidirectional composites: evaluation of critical damage states.

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    Thionnet, A; Bunsell, A R

    2016-07-13

    Earlier work which successfully modelled the kinetics of fibre breakage in unidirectional composites under monotonic tensile loading has been extended to quantify the kinetics of fibre failure during both monotonic and sustained tensile loading. In both cases, failure was seen to occur when a critical density of large clusters (more than 16 fibres are broken within the representative volume element) of fibre breaks developed. However, in monotonic loading failure occurred very quickly after the first development of these large clusters, whereas under sustained loading the composite could accommodate greater levels of large clusters because of the lower applied load. This article is part of the themed issue 'Multiscale modelling of the structural integrity of composite materials'. PMID:27242295

  18. Bending Strength and Fracture Investigations of Cu Based Composite Materials Strengthened with δ-Alumina Fibres

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    J.W. Kaczmar

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Bending strength, thermal and electric conductivity and microstructure examinations of Cu based composite materials reinforced with Saffil alumina fibres are presented. Materials were produced by squeeze casting method applying the designed device and specially elaborated production parameters. Applying infiltration pressure of 90MPa and suitable temperature parameters provided manufacturing of copper based composite materials strengthened with Saffil alumina fibres characterized by the low rest porosity and good fibre-matrix interface. Three point bending tests at temperatures of 25, 100 and 300ºC were performed on specimens reinforced with 10, 15 and 20% of Saffil fibres. Introduced reinforcement effected on the relatively high bending strengths at elevated temperatures. In relation to unreinforced Cu casting strength of composite material Cu - 15vol.% Saffil fibres increase by about 25%, whereas at the highest applied test temperature of 300oC the improvement was almost 100%. Fibres by strengthening of the copper matrix and by transferring loads from the matrix reduce its plastic deformation and hinder the micro-crack developed during bending tests. Decreasing of thermal and electrical conductivity of Cu after incorporating fibres in the matrix are relatively small and these properties can be acceptable for electric and thermal applications.

  19. Micro-fibres containing composites prepared by EPD

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    Hadraba, Hynek; Chlup, Zdeněk; Drdlík, D.; Cihlář, J.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 36, č. 2 (2015), s. 365-371. ISSN 0955-2219 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0068; GA ČR(CZ) GA15-06390S Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : electrophoretic deposition * zirconia * fibres * fibre reinforcement * laminates Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass Impact factor: 2.947, year: 2014

  20. The preparation of aramid fibres in silicone based composite materials

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    L.A. Dobrzański; A. J. Nowak; A. Pusz; M. Górniak

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The evaluation of modified aramid fibres – Kevlar – as reinforcement in silicon materials used in medicine.Design/methodology/approach: Samples of laminated material based on modified aramid fibres and medical silicone were made by a method of manual formation of laminates that is impregnation of reinforcement with matrix to hardening silicone process using hardening methods connected with heat. Created material was observed on Scanning Electron Microscopy manufactured by Zeiss.Findi...

  1. Recycling of textile wastes in fibre-cement composites

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    H. Monteiro; Caldeira, F.; Pinto, J; Varum, H.

    2013-01-01

    Changing wastes into raw materials is one of the most favoured options for waste management, as it diverts wastes from landfill and saves resources. Fibres, either vegetable (cellulosic) or synthetic, may be added to cement pastes in order improve the properties of concrete or mortar by reinforcement. At the same time, if our source of fibres is wastes, then such processes make ways for recycling. In this work we studied the compatibility of residues from the nonwoven textile indu...

  2. Optimization of basic dye removal by oil palm fibre-based activated carbon using response surface methodology.

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    Hameed, B H; Tan, I A W; Ahmad, A L

    2008-10-30

    Oil palm fibre was used to prepare activated carbon using physiochemical activation method which consisted of potassium hydroxide (KOH) treatment and carbon dioxide (CO(2)) gasification. The effects of three preparation variables: the activation temperature, activation time and chemical impregnation (KOH:char) ratio on methylene blue (MB) uptake from aqueous solutions and activated carbon yield were investigated. Based on the central composite design (CCD), a quadratic model and a two factor interaction (2FI) model were respectively developed to correlate the preparation variables to the MB uptake and carbon yield. From the analysis of variance (ANOVA), the significant factors on each experimental design response were identified. The optimum activated carbon prepared from oil palm fibre was obtained by using activation temperature of 862 degrees C, activation time of 1h and chemical impregnation ratio of 3.1. The optimum activated carbon showed MB uptake of 203.83 mg/g and activated carbon yield of 16.50%. The equilibrium data for adsorption of MB on the optimum activated carbon were well represented by the Langmuir isotherm, giving maximum monolayer adsorption capacity as high as 400mg/g at 30 degrees C. PMID:18329169

  3. Carbon Fiber Composites

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    1997-01-01

    HyComp(R), Inc. development a line of high temperature carbon fiber composite products to solve wear problems in the harsh environment of steel and aluminum mills. WearComp(R), self-lubricating composite wear liners and bushings, combines carbon graphite fibers with a polyimide binder. The binder, in conjunction with the fibers, provides the slippery surface, one that demands no lubrication, yet wears at a very slow rate. WearComp(R) typically lasts six to ten times longer than aluminum bronze. Unlike bronze, WearComp polishes the same surface and imparts a self-lube film for years of service. It is designed for continuous operation at temperatures of 550 degrees Fahrenheit and can operate under high compressive loads.

  4. Water Absorption Behaviour and Its Effect on the Mechanical Properties of Flax Fibre Reinforced Bioepoxy Composites

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    E. Muñoz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the context of sustainable development, considerable interest is being shown in the use of natural fibres like as reinforcement in polymer composites and in the development of resins from renewable resources. This paper focuses on eco-friendly and sustainable green composites manufacturing using resin transfer moulding (RTM process. Flax fibre reinforced bioepoxy composites at different weight fractions (40 and 55 wt% were prepared in order to study the effect of water absorption on their mechanical properties. Water absorption test was carried out by immersion specimens in water bath at room temperature for a time duration. The process of water absorption of these composites was found to approach Fickian diffusion behavior. Diffusion coefficients and maximum water uptake values were evaluated; the results showed that both increased with an increase in fibre content. Tensile and flexural properties of water immersed specimens were evaluated and compared to dry composite specimens. The results suggest that swelling of flax fibres due to water absorption can have positive effects on mechanical properties of the composite material. The results of this study showed that RTM process could be used to manufacture natural fibre reinforced composites with good mechanical properties even for potential applications in a humid environment.

  5. Low temperature properties of carbon fibre reinforced expoxide resins

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    This chapter reports on the testing of two epoxide resin systems: the semiflexible epoxy CY221/HY979 and the rigid epoxy LY556/HY917. Discusses selection of materials and main properties; evaluation and stress analysis of different specimens; sample manufacture; test equipment for low temperatures; results of mechanical and thermal tests; and investigation on lugs for a cryogenic tank for space application. Finds that most mechanical properties of unidirectional Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites show higher values at low temperatures. Concludes that interlaminar shear strength appears to reach a maximum at 218K; and that fatigue tests with glass-, carbon- and aramid composites (Lugs) show a remarkable increase in fatigue life at low temperatures relative to room temperature

  6. Strain Monitoring in Stiffened Composite Panels Using Embedded Fibre Optical and Strain Gauge Sensors

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    Růžek, Roman; Kadlec, Martin; Tserpes, Konstantinos; Karachalios, Evanggelos

    2014-01-01

    International audience This paper describes an implemented structural health monitoring (SHM) system based on Fibre Optic Bragg Grating (FOBG) sensors and standard resistance strain gauges (SGs) placed onto/into a stiffened carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) fuselage panel. The role of the FOBG sensor system was to monitor the structural integrity of the reference, impacted and fatigued panels under compression loading. The FOBG and/or SG sensors were placed (embedded or bonded) at var...

  7. Thermomechanical and Rheological Behaviours of Waste Glass Fibre-Filled Polypropylene Composites

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    Siriporn Damrongsukkul

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The composites between the reinforced glass fibre wastes obtained from surfboard manufacturing industry and polypropylene were developed for value adding and environmental reasons. The thermomechanical and rheological behaviours of the composites were investigated. Glass fibre contents were varied from 5 to 30wt%. The effects of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MA-PP compatibilizer on the behaviours were also determined. The results revealed that the addition of glass fibre was able to reduce the heat of fusion of the composite. Additionally, the tensile and flexural properties were increased with increasing the glass fibre contents following the rule of mixtures. The addition of MA-PP led to enhance tensile and flexural properties due to the improvement of the adhesion between matrix and glass fibre, which is correlated with morphological observations. From the rheological studies, the apparent flow activation energy revealed that the addition of glass fibre decreased the fluidity of the molten composite materials; however, it could be slightly improved by using MA-PP.

  8. Research of glass fibre used in the electromagnetic wave shielding and absorption composite material

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    Xu, M.; Jia, F.; Bao, H. Q.; Cui, K.; Zhang, F.

    2016-07-01

    Electromagnetic shielding and absorption composite material plays an important role in the defence and economic field. Comparing with other filler, Glass fibre and its processed product—metal-coated glass fibre can greatly reduce the material's weight and costs, while it still remains the high strength and the electromagnetic shielding effectiveness. In this paper, the electromagnetic absorption mechanism and the reflection mechanism have been investigated as a whole, and the shielding effectiveness of the double-layer glass fibre composite material is mainly focused. The relationship between the shielding effectiveness and the filled glass fibre as well as its metal-coated product's parameters has also been studied. From the subsequent coaxial flange and anechoic chamber analysis, it can be confirmed that the peak electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of this double-layer material can reach -78dB while the bandwidth is from 2GHz to 18GHz.

  9. Assessment of thermal shock induced damage in silicon carbide fibre reinforced glass matrix composites

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    Boccaccini, A. R.; Boccaccini, D. N.; Pearce, D. H.; Janczak-Rusch, J.

    1998-01-01

    The development of microstructural damage in silicon carbide fibre (Nicalon™) reinforced glass matrix composite samples subjected to thermal shock was investigated by using a nondestructive forced resonance technique and fibre push out indentation tests. Thermal shock testing involved quenching samples in a water bath maintained at room temperature from a high temperature (650ºC). Changes in the Young's modulus and internal friction of the samples with increasing number of shocks were measure...

  10. Steel fibre reinforced self-compacting concrete (from micromechanics to composite behavior)

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    Cunha, Vitor M. C. F.

    2010-01-01

    Tese de Doutoramento em Engenharia Civil The use of steel fibre reinforced self-compacting concrete, SFRSCC, probably, will swiftly increase in the next years, since this composite material introduces several advantages on the concrete technology. In fact, the partial or total replacement of the conventional bar reinforcement by discrete fibres optimizes the construction process. The assembly of the reinforcement bars in the construction of concrete structures has a significant economical ...

  11. Design of Carbon Composite Driveshaft for Ultralight Aircraft Propulsion System

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    R. Poul

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the design of the carbon fibre composite driveshaft. This driveshaft will be used for connection between piston engine and propulsor of the type of axial-flow fan. Three different versions of driveshaft were designed and produced. Version 1 if completely made of Al alloy. Version 2 is of hybrid design where the central part is made of high strength carbon composite and flanges are made of Al alloy. Adhesive bond is used for connection between flanges and the central CFRP tube. Version 3 differs from the version 2 by aplication of ultrahigh-strength carbon fibre on the central part. Dimensions and design conditions are equal for all three versions to obtain simply comparable results. Calculations of driveshafts are described in the paper. 

  12. Single-crystalline nanowires of SiC synthesized by carbothermal reduction of electrospun PVP/TEOS composite fibres

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    Nanowires of SiC were synthesized by carbothermally reducing PVP/TEOS composite fibres obtained by electrospinning. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) indicated that the SiC nanowires are single crystalline in nature. Both Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy and HRTEM indicated that a thin layer of SiO2 was formed on the outer surface of the nanowire as a result of post-heat treatment for the removal of residual carbon. Such SiO2 layer protects the inner SiC fibre from further oxidation. The formation mechanism of single-crystalline SiC nanowires was proposed based on our understanding and characterizations. The growth of the nanowire is believed to be along the (111) of its cubic cell

  13. Abrasive wear: The efects of fibres size on oil palm empty fruit bunch polyester composite

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    Kasolang, S.; Kalam, A.; Ahmad, M. A.; Rahman, N. A.; Suhadah, W. N.

    2012-06-01

    This paper presents an experimental investigation carried out to determine the effect of palm oil empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) fibre size in dry sliding testing of polyester composite. These composite samples were produced by mixing raw OPEFB fibre with resin. The samples were prepared at different sizes of fibre (100, 125, 180 and 250μm). Abrasion Resistance Tester (TR-600) was used to carried out abrasive wear tests in dry sliding conditions. These tests were performed at room temperature for two different loads (10 and 30N) and at a constant sliding velocity of 1.4m/s. The specific wear rates of OPEFB polyester composites were obtained. The morphology of composite surface before and after tests was also examined using 3D microscope imaging. Preliminary work on thermal distribution at the abrasive wheel point was also conducted for selected samples.

  14. Fatigue Damage Monitoring of a Composite Step Lap Joint Using Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Over the past few decades, there has been a considerable interest in the use of distributed optical fibre sensors (DOFS for structural health monitoring of composite structures. In aerospace-related work, health monitoring of the adhesive joints of composites has become more significant, as they can suffer from cracking and delamination, which can have a significant impact on the integrity of the joint. In this paper, a swept-wavelength interferometry (SWI based DOFS technique is used to monitor the fatigue in a flush step lap joint composite structure. The presented results will show the potential application of distributed optical fibre sensor for damage detection, as well as monitoring the fatigue crack growth along the bondline of a step lap joint composite structure. The results confirmed that a distributed optical fibre sensor is able to enhance the detection of localised damage in a structure.

  15. Carbide formation in tungsten coatings on carbon-fibre reinforced carbon substrates

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    Tungsten coatings with molybdenum interlayer deposited on carbon-fibre reinforced carbon (CFC) substrates were selected as the first wall material for the divertor in the Wall Project at Joint European Torus (similar to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). For such a layered structure, diffusion of carbon from the CFC substrate towards the Mo and W deposits is expected during the operation of the reactor. As both molybdenum and tungsten form stable carbides, brittle compounds may form at the interface, thus strongly affecting the thermomechanical performance of the coated tiles. For the purpose of prediction of the operation time of such coated tiles, carbon diffusion and carbide formation kinetics need to be determined. In the present study, W/Mo/CFC samples were subjected to heat treatment at 1470 K for various annealing times. The Focused Ion Beam technique was used for sample preparation for electron microscopy examinations. Transmission electron microscopy observations supported with diffraction pattern analyses revealed the both W2C and WC carbides in the W coating, as well as that of Mo2C carbide in the Mo layer. The results were used to estimate the kinetics of coatings degradation. - Highlights: ► Thin Mo/W layers system on carbon-fibre reinforced carbon divertor tile ► Heat treatment at 1470 K results in two tungsten carbide creation — W2C and WC ► The total tungsten carbide creation is limited by carbon diffusion ► WC carbide creation is limited by W2C–WC reaction rate

  16. Fatigue behaviour of uni-directional flax fibre/epoxy composites

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    Ueki, Yosuke; Lilholt, Hans; Madsen, Bo

    2015-01-01

    A study related to the fatigue behaviour of natural fibre-reinforced composites was conducted to expand their range of product applications. A uni-directional flax-epoxy composite was fabricated and several conditions of tension-tension fatigue tests were performed. During fatigue testing, the...... the fatigue behaviour was clearly influenced by the frequency of cyclic loading. Lower frequencies induced more significant stiffening and shorter fatigue life. These results suggest that fatigue damaging is progressing simultaneously with the stiffening effect in natural fibre-reinforced composites...

  17. Corn gluten meal as a biodegradable matrix material in wood fibre reinforced composites

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    This study was undertaken to investigate corn gluten meal (CGM) as a biodegradable matrix material for wood fibre reinforced composites. CGM was used alone, as well as hybridized with polypropylene, and reinforced with radiata pine (Pinus Radiata) fibre using a twin-screw extruder followed by injection moulding. Tensile testing, scanning electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were carried out to assess the composites. For composites from CGM and wood fibres, extrusion was carried out with the aid of the following plasticizers: octanoic acid, glycerol, polyethylene glycol and water. Windows of processability for the different plasticizers were obtained for all plasticizers. These were found to lie between 20 and 50 wt.% of plasticizer with a maximum of approximately 20% wood fibre reinforcement. The best mechanical properties were obtained with a matrix containing 10 wt.% octanoic acid and 30 wt.% water, which gave a tensile strength and Young's modulus of 18.7 MPa and 4 GPa, respectively. Hybrid matrix composites were compounded with a maleated polypropylene coupling agent and benzoyl peroxide as a cross-linking agent. The highest tensile strength and Young's modulus obtained from hybrid matrix composites were 36.9 MPa and 5.8 GPa with 50 wt.% fibre

  18. Corn gluten meal as a biodegradable matrix material in wood fibre reinforced composites

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    Beg, M.D.H. [Department of Materials and Process Engineering, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton (New Zealand); Pickering, K.L. [Department of Materials and Process Engineering, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton (New Zealand)]. E-mail: klp@waikato.ac.nz; Weal, S.J. [Department of Materials and Process Engineering, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton (New Zealand)

    2005-12-05

    This study was undertaken to investigate corn gluten meal (CGM) as a biodegradable matrix material for wood fibre reinforced composites. CGM was used alone, as well as hybridized with polypropylene, and reinforced with radiata pine (Pinus Radiata) fibre using a twin-screw extruder followed by injection moulding. Tensile testing, scanning electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were carried out to assess the composites. For composites from CGM and wood fibres, extrusion was carried out with the aid of the following plasticizers: octanoic acid, glycerol, polyethylene glycol and water. Windows of processability for the different plasticizers were obtained for all plasticizers. These were found to lie between 20 and 50 wt.% of plasticizer with a maximum of approximately 20% wood fibre reinforcement. The best mechanical properties were obtained with a matrix containing 10 wt.% octanoic acid and 30 wt.% water, which gave a tensile strength and Young's modulus of 18.7 MPa and 4 GPa, respectively. Hybrid matrix composites were compounded with a maleated polypropylene coupling agent and benzoyl peroxide as a cross-linking agent. The highest tensile strength and Young's modulus obtained from hybrid matrix composites were 36.9 MPa and 5.8 GPa with 50 wt.% fibre.

  19. Self-Sensing Composites: In-Situ Detection of Fibre Fracture

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    Malik, Shoaib A.; Wang, Liwei; Curtis, Paul T.; Fernando, Gerard F.

    2016-01-01

    The primary load-bearing component in a composite material is the reinforcing fibres. This paper reports on a technique to study the fracture of individual reinforcing fibres or filaments in real-time. Custom-made small-diameter optical fibres with a diameter of 12 (±2) micrometres were used to detect the fracture of individual filaments during tensile loading of unreinforced bundles and composites. The unimpregnated bundles were end-tabbed and tensile tested to failure. A simple technique based on resin-infusion was developed to manufacture composites with a negligible void content. In both cases, optical fibre connectors were attached to the ends of the small-diameter optical fibre bundles to enable light to be coupled into the bundle via one end whilst the opposite end was photographed using a high-speed camera. The feasibility of detecting the fracture of each of the filaments in the bundle and composite was demonstrated. The in-situ damage detection technique was also applied to E-glass bundles and composites; this will be reported in a subsequent publication. PMID:27136555

  20. Self-Sensing Composites: In-Situ Detection of Fibre Fracture.

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    Malik, Shoaib A; Wang, Liwei; Curtis, Paul T; Fernando, Gerard F

    2016-01-01

    The primary load-bearing component in a composite material is the reinforcing fibres. This paper reports on a technique to study the fracture of individual reinforcing fibres or filaments in real-time. Custom-made small-diameter optical fibres with a diameter of 12 (±2) micrometres were used to detect the fracture of individual filaments during tensile loading of unreinforced bundles and composites. The unimpregnated bundles were end-tabbed and tensile tested to failure. A simple technique based on resin-infusion was developed to manufacture composites with a negligible void content. In both cases, optical fibre connectors were attached to the ends of the small-diameter optical fibre bundles to enable light to be coupled into the bundle via one end whilst the opposite end was photographed using a high-speed camera. The feasibility of detecting the fracture of each of the filaments in the bundle and composite was demonstrated. The in-situ damage detection technique was also applied to E-glass bundles and composites; this will be reported in a subsequent publication. PMID:27136555

  1. Ibuprofen-loaded poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-ε-caprolactone) electrospun fibres for nerve regeneration.

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    Pires, Liliana R; Guarino, Vincenzo; Oliveira, Maria J; Ribeiro, Cristina C; Barbosa, Mário A; Ambrosio, Luigi; Pêgo, Ana Paula

    2016-03-01

    The development of scaffolds that combine the delivery of drugs with the physical support provided by electrospun fibres holds great potential in the field of nerve regeneration. Here it is proposed the incorporation of ibuprofen, a well-known non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, in electrospun fibres of the statistical copolymer poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-ε-caprolactone) [P(TMC-CL)] to serve as a drug delivery system to enhance axonal regeneration in the context of a spinal cord lesion, by limiting the inflammatory response. P(TMC-CL) fibres were electrospun from mixtures of dichloromethane (DCM) and dimethylformamide (DMF). The solvent mixture applied influenced fibre morphology, as well as mean fibre diameter, which decreased as the DMF content in solution increased. Ibuprofen-loaded fibres were prepared from P(TMC-CL) solutions containing 5% ibuprofen (w/w of polymer). Increasing drug content to 10% led to jet instability, resulting in the formation of a less homogeneous fibrous mesh. Under the optimized conditions, drug-loading efficiency was above 80%. Confocal Raman mapping showed no preferential distribution of ibuprofen in P(TMC-CL) fibres. Under physiological conditions ibuprofen was released in 24 h. The release process being diffusion-dependent for fibres prepared from DCM solutions, in contrast to fibres prepared from DCM-DMF mixtures where burst release occurred. The biological activity of the drug released was demonstrated using human-derived macrophages. The release of prostaglandin E2 to the cell culture medium was reduced when cells were incubated with ibuprofen-loaded P(TMC-CL) fibres, confirming the biological significance of the drug delivery strategy presented. Overall, this study constitutes an important contribution to the design of a P(TMC-CL)-based nerve conduit with anti-inflammatory properties. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:23950030

  2. Defect localization in fibre-reinforced composites by computing external volume forces from surface sensor measurements

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    We suggest a prospective method for detecting and visualizing defects in fibre-reinforced composites by computing external volume forces from measurements acquired by sensors that are integrated on the surface of the structure. Anisotropic materials like carbon fibre-reinforced composites are widely used in light weight construction which can exhibit damages that are not optically detectable. The key idea of our method is the interpretation of defects in such structures as if they were induced by an external volume force. This idea is based on the observation that a propagating elastic wave interferes with a damaged area by reflecting the wave. In that sense a damage can be seen as an additional source. Thus identifying the external volume force which has caused this wave is supposed to reveal the location of the defect. This approach leads to the inverse problem of determining the inhomogeneity of a hyperbolic initial-boundary value problem. We tackle this ill-posed problem by minimizing a Tikhonov functional which takes the oberservation points of our surface measurements into account. In the article we address the solvability of the direct problem, state and analyze the PDE-based optimization problem that aims for computing the external force and develop a numerical realization of its solution using the conjugate gradient method. First numerical results for a simple model case with different sensor adjustments show that the defects in fact are detectable. In that sense this article might be seen as starting point of future research which should comprehend deeper numerical studies and analysis of the problem. (paper)

  3. Effect of degumming time on silkworm silk fibre for biodegradable polymer composites

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    Ho, Mei-po; Wang, Hao; Lau, Kin-tak

    2012-02-01

    Recently, many studies have been conducted on exploitation of natural materials for modern product development and bioengineering applications. Apart from plant-based materials (such as sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo and palm fibre), animal-based fibre is a kind of sustainable natural materials for making novel composites. Silkworm silk fibre extracted from cocoon has been well recognized as a promising material for bio-medical engineering applications because of its superior mechanical and bioresorbable properties. However, when producing silk fibre reinforced biodegradable/bioresorbable polymer composites, hydrophilic sericin has been found to cause poor interfacial bonding with most polymers and thus, it results in affecting the resultant properties of the composites. Besides, sericin layers on fibroin surface may also cause an adverse effect towards biocompatibility and hypersensitivity to silk for implant applications. Therefore, a proper pre-treatment should be done for sericin removal. Degumming is a surface modification process which allows a wide control of the silk fibre's properties, making the silk fibre possible to be used for the development and production of novel bio-composites with unique/specific mechanical and biodegradable properties. In this paper, a cleaner and environmentally friendly surface modification technique for tussah silk in polymer based composites is proposed. The effectiveness of different degumming parameters including degumming time and temperature on tussah silk is discussed through the analyses of their mechanical and morphological properties. Based on results obtained, it was found that the mechanical properties of tussah silk are affected by the degumming time due to the change of the fibre structure and fibroin alignment.

  4. In-situ polymerisation of fully bioresorbable polycaprolactone/phosphate glass fibre composites: In vitro degradation and mechanical properties.

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    Chen, Menghao; Parsons, Andrew J; Felfel, Reda M; Rudd, Christopher D; Irvine, Derek J; Ahmed, Ifty

    2016-06-01

    Fully bioresorbable composites have been investigated in order to replace metal implant plates used for hard tissue repair. Retention of the composite mechanical properties within a physiological environment has been shown to be significantly affected due to loss of the integrity of the fibre/matrix interface. This study investigated phosphate based glass fibre (PGF) reinforced polycaprolactone (PCL) composites with 20%, 35% and 50% fibre volume fractions (Vf) manufactured via an in-situ polymerisation (ISP) process and a conventional laminate stacking (LS) followed by compression moulding. Reinforcing efficiency between the LS and ISP manufacturing process was compared, and the ISP composites revealed significant improvements in mechanical properties when compared to LS composites. The degradation profiles and mechanical properties were monitored in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at 37°C for 28 days. ISP composites revealed significantly less media uptake and mass loss (pproperties of ISP composites were substantially higher (pproperty retention profiles were also seen for the ISP composites compared to LS composites. SEM micrographs of fracture surfaces for the LS composites revealed dry fibre bundles and poor fibre dispersion with polymer rich zones, which indicated poor interfacial bonding, distribution and adhesion. In contrast, evenly distributed fibres without dry fibre bundles or polymer rich zones, were clearly observed for the ISP composite samples, which showed that a superior fibre/matrix interface was achieved with highly improved adhesion. PMID:26748261

  5. Effect of carbon nanofibre addition on the mechanical properties of different f carbon-epoxy composites

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    I Srikanth; Suresh Kumar; Vajinder Singh; B Rangababu; Partha Ghosal; Ch Subrahmanyam

    2015-04-01

    Carbon-epoxy (C-epoxy) laminated composites having different fibre volume fractions (40, 50, 60 and 70) were fabricated with and without the addition of aminofunctionalized carbon nanofibres (A-CNF). Flexural strength, interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) and tensile strength of the composite laminates were determined. It was observed that, the ability of A-CNF to enhance the mechanical properties of C-epoxy diminished significantly as the fibre volume fraction (f) of the C-epoxy increased from 40 to 60. At 70f, the mechanical properties of the A-CNF reinforced C-epoxy were found to be lower compared to the C-epoxy composite made without the addition of A-CNF. In this paper suitable mechanisms for the observed trends are proposed on the basis of the fracture modes of the composite.

  6. Metabolic response to dietary fibre composition in horses.

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    Brøkner, C; Austbø, D; Næsset, J A; Blache, D; Bach Knudsen, K E; Tauson, A H

    2016-07-01

    The hypothesis for this study was that a higher dietary proportion of soluble fibre would result in stable and constant plasma metabolite and regulatory hormone concentrations. The study was a 4×4 Latin Square design with a sequence of 17 days adaptation to the ration followed by 8 sampling days. The feed rations consisted of only timothy hay (H), hay plus molassed sugar beet pulp combined with either whole oats (OB) or barley (BB) and hay plus a loose chaff-based concentrate (M). Four horses were fitted with permanent caecal cannulas and liquid caecal content was withdrawn manually and blood was drawn from the jugular vein at 0, 3 and 9 h postprandial. The horses were exercised daily at medium level for about 1 h. Samples were analysed for short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) and metabolic traits. Caecal SCFA and propionic acid concentrations increased with increased dietary starch and soluble fibre. The diet highest in soluble fibre (M) resulted in the highest plasma glucose and insulin concentrations in the morning, which then remained stable and constant throughout the day. A strong interaction (P<0.01) between time and diet was measured for plasma urea, glucose, insulin and leptin. The greatest variations in plasma glycaemic and insulinaemic responses were associated with the cereal grain diets (OB and BB). There were indications of a negative energy balance, which was reflected in a significantly higher plasma β-hydroxybutyrate concentration and a numerically higher non-esterified fatty acid concentration. In conclusion, this study found that inclusion of soluble fibre resulted in increased total caecal SCFA and propionic acid concentrations. This consequently resulted in stable and constant plasma glycaemic and insulinaemic responses. Diets with a high content of soluble fibre provided enough energy for horses at medium work level. PMID:26755337

  7. Textile composites with integrated optical fibres: quantification of the influence of single and multiple fibre bends on the light transmission using a Monte Carlo ray-tracing method

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    Monte Carlo ray-tracing simulations of the propagation of light rays along bent multimode optical fibres indicate that, for optical fibres integrated into composite components, the influence of macroscale bends induced by the component shape on the light transmission is relatively small. Mesoscale bends caused by integration of the fibres into the reinforcement fabric structure applying textile processes may cause significant transmission losses, which decrease exponentially with increasing ratio of bending radius and fibre radius and increase with increasing bending angles. Based on geometrical models of optical fibres integrated in woven fabric structures, which show multiple mesoscale bends, simulations prove that the lowest bending losses occur for fabrics with a low degree of crimp

  8. Woven hybrid composites: Tensile and flexural properties of oil palm-woven jute fibres based epoxy composites

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    Jawaid, M. [School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Abdul Khalil, H.P.S., E-mail: akhalilhps@gmail.com [School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia); Abu Bakar, A. [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia)

    2011-06-15

    Highlights: {yields} Woven hybrid composites show good tensile and flexural properties. {yields} Hybridization with 20% woven jute gives rise to sufficient modulus to composites. {yields} Layering pattern affect mechanical properties of hybrid composites. {yields} Statistical analysis shows that there is significant difference between composites. - Abstract: In this research, tensile and flexural performance of tri layer oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB)/woven jute (Jw) fibre reinforced epoxy hybrid composites subjected to layering pattern has been experimentally investigated. Sandwich composites were fabricated by hand lay-up technique in a mould and cured with 105 deg. C temperatures for 1 h by using hot press. Pure EFB and woven jute composites were also fabricate for comparison purpose. Results showed that tensile and flexural properties of pure EFB composite can be improved by hybridization with woven jute fibre as extreme woven jute fibre mat. It was found that tensile and flexural properties of hybrid composite is higher than that of EFB composite but less than woven jute composite. Statistical analysis of composites done by ANOVA-one way, it showed significant differences between the results obtained. The fracture surface morphology of the tensile samples of the hybrid composites was performed by using scanning electron microscopy.

  9. Woven hybrid composites: Tensile and flexural properties of oil palm-woven jute fibres based epoxy composites

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    Highlights: → Woven hybrid composites show good tensile and flexural properties. → Hybridization with 20% woven jute gives rise to sufficient modulus to composites. → Layering pattern affect mechanical properties of hybrid composites. → Statistical analysis shows that there is significant difference between composites. - Abstract: In this research, tensile and flexural performance of tri layer oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB)/woven jute (Jw) fibre reinforced epoxy hybrid composites subjected to layering pattern has been experimentally investigated. Sandwich composites were fabricated by hand lay-up technique in a mould and cured with 105 deg. C temperatures for 1 h by using hot press. Pure EFB and woven jute composites were also fabricate for comparison purpose. Results showed that tensile and flexural properties of pure EFB composite can be improved by hybridization with woven jute fibre as extreme woven jute fibre mat. It was found that tensile and flexural properties of hybrid composite is higher than that of EFB composite but less than woven jute composite. Statistical analysis of composites done by ANOVA-one way, it showed significant differences between the results obtained. The fracture surface morphology of the tensile samples of the hybrid composites was performed by using scanning electron microscopy.

  10. Shear Strengthening of Corbels with Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers (CFRP

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    Nawaz, A.

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Corbels constitute what are known as “disturbed” regions in concrete structures, where typical shear failure may be anticipated on the grounds of small shear span-to-depth ratios. The concentration of stress induced by the weight of girders on the very small loadbearing areas in corbels often causes cracking in bridges and other structures. Little experimental research can be found in the literature on the shear strengthening of corbels. In the present study, nine such members were tested. Two had no carbon fibre reinforced polymers attached, while CFRP laminates were externally bonded to the other seven, in a number of different spatial arrangements. Ultimate shear strength was found and compared for all specimens. The results showed that CFRP configuration and geometry directly affected corbel shear strength, which was higher in all the CFRPstrengthened corbels than in the controls. The highest strength values were recorded for specimens whose shear-critical area was wrapped in CFRP.

    Las ménsulas constituyen lo que conocemos como regiones de “distorsión” en las estructuras de hormigón, zonas en que pueden preverse roturas por cortante debido a las bajas relaciones luz de cortante-canto presentes en ellas. La concentración de solicitaciones producida por el peso de las vigas sobre superficies de carga muy reducidas en las ménsulas a menudo provoca el agrietamiento de puentes y otras estructuras de obra civil. En la literatura especializada sobre el refuerzo a cortante de las ménsulas existen escasos ejemplos de estudios experimentales. Para la presente investigación se han realizado ensayos con nueve elementos de este tipo. Dos de ellos no incluían polímeros reforzados con fibra de carbono (CFRP, mientras que los siete restantes llevaban láminas externas de CFRP, dispuestas siguiendo distintas configuraciones espaciales. Los resultados indican que la configuración y la disposición geométrica de los CFRP repercuten

  11. Coefficient of Friction Measurements for Thermoplastics and Fibre Composites Under Low Sliding Velocity and High Pressure

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    Poulios, Konstantinos; Svendsen, Gustav Winther; Hiller, Jochen;

    2013-01-01

    friction materials which are untypical for brake applications, like thermoplastics and fibre composites, can offer superior performance in terms of braking torque, wear resistance and cost than typical brake linings. In this paper coefficient of friction measurements for various thermoplastic and fibre...... composite materials running against a steel surface are presented. All tests were carried out on a pinon-disc test-rig in reciprocating operation at a fixed sliding speed and various pressure levels for both dry and grease lubricated conditions. Moreover, a generic theoretical framework is introduced in...

  12. Constructive applications of composite gypsum reinforced with Typha Latifolia fibres

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    Garcia Santos, A.

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The present research analyses the possibility to reinforce gypsum using enea fibres (Typha Latifolia creating a compound material in wich the fibres contribute to increase mechanical resistance, producing as well a reduction of the weight and a possible regulation of the set time.

    La investigación presente analiza la posibilidad de reforzar los morteros de escayola mediante la utilización dé fibras de Typha Latifolia, creando un material compuesto en el que las fibras contribuyen al aumento de resistencia mecánica, a la vez que se produce una reducción del peso y una regulación de los tiempos de fraguado. Las propiedades de estos materiales hacen que, en determinadas aplicaciones, su utilización resulte ventajosa con respecto a materiales tradicionales.

  13. STRAIN HARDENING PROPERTIES OF STEEL FIBRE REINFORCED LATEX CONCRETE COMPOSITE

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    V.M. Sounthararajan; Deependra Singh; Shreyansh Parakh; S. Thirumurugan; A. Sivakumar

    2013-01-01

    Steel fibre addition in concrete possesses high merits in terms of achieving homogeneity and tensile strength properties. Polymeric addition in concrete has high advantages in terms of pore fillingeffect and subsequent increase in durability index. The combined addition of steel and polymeric latex additions in concrete leads to increased strength, durability, toughness, resistance to cracking and crack propagation. Studies were conducted in the present study to analyse the properties of conc...

  14. Ballistic Applications of Glass and Kevlar Fibre Vinylester Composites

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    S. P. Panda; N. G. Navale; M. N. Saraf; Gupta, R.K.; R. A. Goel

    1994-01-01

    Void-free E-glass and Kevlar-49 fibre reinforced vinylester laminates prepared under compression moulding were found to have Charpy impact strength of 576 KJlm2 and 304 KJlm2, respectively. Ballistic immunisation tests carried out on the glass reinforced vinylester laminates with thickness ranging from 12 mm to 54 mm against 7.62 mm rifle bullets produced an exponential relationship between the per cent attenuation in bullet velocity and the areal density of the laminates; whereas the ...

  15. Structure et propriétés de fibres de nanotubes de carbone à haute énergie de rupture

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    Miaudet, P.

    2007-01-01

    Cette thèse rapporte l'étude de fibres composites nanotubes de carbone/polymère qui présentent des propriétés originales, dont notamment une très forte énergie de rupture potentiellement utile pour de futures applications balistiques. En effet, leur capacité d'absorption d'énergie est la plus importante jamais observée pour un matériau. Cette propriété est liée à la structure composite des fibres, qui est plus proche de celle des fibres naturelles comme la soie d'araignée, que de celle des fi...

  16. A Spray Pyrolysis Method to Grow Carbon Nanotubes on Carbon Fibres, Steel and Ceramic Bricks.

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    Vilatela, Juan J; Rabanal, M E; Cervantes-Sodi, Felipe; García-Ruiz, Máximo; Jiménez-Rodríguez, José A; Reiband, Gerd; Terrones, Mauricio

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate a spray pyrolysis method to grow carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with high degree of crystallinity, aspect ratio and degree of alignment on a variety of different substrates, such as conventional steel, carbon fibres (CF) and ceramics. The process consists in the chemical vapour deposition of both a thin SiO2 layer and CNTs that subsequently grow on this thin layer. After CNT growth, increases in specific surface by factors of 1000 and 30 for the steel and CF samples, respectively, are observed. CNTs growth on ceramic surfaces results in a surface resistance of 37.5 Ohm/sq. When using conventional steel as a rector tube, we observed CNTs growth rates of 0.6 g/min. Details of nanotube morphology and the growth mechanism are discussed. Since the method discussed here is highly versatile, it opens up a wide variety of applications in which specific substrates could be used in combination with CNTs. PMID:26353505

  17. Compatibility of Pretreated Coir Fibres (Cocos nucifera L. with Portland Cement to Produce Mineral Composites

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    Joana M. Ferraz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objectives of the present work were to evaluate the chemical compatibility between coir (Cocos nucifera L. and cement and to study treatment methods to improve this compatibility. In the inhibition test, cement hydration temperature evolution was measured in the absence and presence of untreated and treated coir fibres (cold water, hot water and NaOH, besides the addition of 4% of CaCl2. The chemical characterization of untreated and treated coir fibres was done by determining the content of extractives, lignin, and holocellulose. The inhibition test graded the untreated fibre as “extreme inhibition,” ratifying the need to provide it a treatment. Treatments done on coir fibres affected positively the compatibility between cement and fibre, reducing the inhibition. The treatments reduced the lignin coir fibres’ and extractives proportion, whose variation was significantly correlated with the reduction of the inhibitory index. These results indicate a possibility for future incorporation of these fibres into the production of mineral composites.

  18. Effects of dietary fibre source on microbiota composition in the large intestine of suckling piglets.

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    Zhang, Lingli; Mu, Chunlong; He, Xiangyu; Su, Yong; Mao, Shengyong; Zhang, Jing; Smidt, Hauke; Zhu, Weiyun

    2016-07-01

    This study aimed to investigate the effects of dietary fibre sources on the gut microbiota in suckling piglets, and to test the hypothesis that a moderate increase of dietary fibre may affect the gut microbiota during the suckling period. Suckling piglets were fed different fibre-containing diets or a control diet from postnatal day 7 to 22. Digesta samples from cecum, proximal colon and distal colon were used for Pig Intestinal Tract Chip analysis. The data showed that the effects of fibre-containing diet on the gut microbiota differed in the fibre source and gut location. The alfalfa diet increased Clostridium cluster XIVb and Sporobacter termitidis in the cecum compared to the pure cellulose diet. Compared to the control diet, the alfalfa diet also increased Coprococcus eutactus in the distal colon, while the pure cellulose diet decreased Eubacterium pyruvativorans in the cecum. The pure cellulose diet increased Prevotella ruminicola compared to the wheat bran diet. Interestingly, the alfalfa group had the lowest abundance of the potential pathogen Streptococcus suis in the cecum and distal colon. These results indicated that a moderate increase in dietary fibres affected the microbial composition in suckling piglets, and that the alfalfa inclusion produced some beneficial effects on the microbial communities. PMID:27231242

  19. Effects of temperature and loading speed on interface-dominated strength in fibre/polymer composites: An evaluation for in-situ environment

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    Graphical abstract: Some microcracks turn to potential cracks at low loading rates and cause significant reduction in interlaminar shear strength of the composite system while as the loading rate increases the time available to propagate the microcracks is less. This can be attributed to higher ILSS at higher loading rates at these above-ambient temperatures. - Highlights: • Effect of temperature and loading rate has been studied. • Three different types of fibres are used for fabrication. • Flexural and fractography behaviour were studied. • Tg was affected by types of fibre and matrix used. - Abstract: The present investigation intends to study the influence of crosshead velocity and in-situ environmental conditioning i.e. high temperature and cryogenic temperature on micromechanical performance of glass fibre/epoxy, carbon fibre/epoxy and Kevlar fibre/epoxy polymer composites. 3-point short beam shear tests were conducted on the conditioned specimens to evaluate the interfacial properties and failure modes which are related to mechanical properties of the composites. The effect of crosshead velocity (within the range 1-103 mm/min) on the interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) of all the three composite systems at different temperatures was studied. The glass transition temperature (Tg) of conditioned samples were measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in the temperature range of 25 °C to 150 °C temperature. At 1 mm/min loading rate, for both glass/epoxy and carbon/epoxy composites maximum increase in ILSS value was about 85.72% with respect to ambient, while for Kevlar/epoxy composite 31.77% reduction in ILSS was observed at -100 °C temperature

  20. The mechanical properties, deformation and thermomechanical properties of alkali treated and untreated Agave continuous fibre reinforced epoxy composites

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    Research highlights: → New renewable and biodegradable Agave americana fibre. → Environmentally free materials. → Good mechanical properties of Agave fibre reinforced epoxy composite materials. → Surface modification of the fibre (Alkali treatment) imported good mechanical properties. → Future scope in light weight materials manufacture. -- Abstract: The mechanical properties such as tensile, compressive, flexural, impact strength and water absorption of the alkali treated continuous Agave fibre reinforced epoxy composite (TCEC) and untreated continuous Agave fibre reinforced epoxy composite (UTCEC) were analysed. A comparison of the surfaces of TCEC and UTCEC composites was carried out by dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The thermomechanical properties of the composite reinforced with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) treated Agave fibres were considerably good as the shrinkage of the fibre during alkali treatment had facilitated more points of fibre resin interface. The SEM micrograph and FTIR spectra of the impact fracture surfaces of TCEC clearly demonstrate the better interfacial adhesion between fibre and the matrix. In both analyses the TCEC gave good performance than UTCEC and, thus, there is a scope for its application in light weight manufacture in future.

  1. Behaviour of -glass fibre reinforced vinylester resin composites under impact fatigue

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    Rita Roy; B K Sarkar; N R Bose

    2001-04-01

    An impact fatigue study has been made for the first time on 63.5% glass fibre reinforced vinylester resin notched composites. The study was conducted in a pendulum type repeated impact apparatus especially designed and fabricated for determining single and repeated impact strengths. A well-defined impact fatigue (S–N) behaviour, having a progressive endurance below the threshold single cycle impact fracture stress with decreasing applied stress has been demonstrated. Fractographic analysis revealed fracture by primary debonding having fibre breakage and pullout at the tensile zone, but a shear fracture of fibre bundles at the compressive zone of the specimen. The residual strength, modulus and toughness showed retention of the properties at high impact stress levels up to 1000 impacts followed by a sharp drop. Cumulative residual stresses with each number of impacts not withstanding the static fatigue failure at long endurances have been ascribed for the composite failures under the repeated impact stresses.

  2. Tensile properties of unidirectional glass/epoxy composites at different orientations of fibres

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    Alok Hegde

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, Diglycidyl Ether of BisphenolA(DGEBA / TriEthylene Tetra Amine(TETA system is used as the epoxy matrix and unidirectional glass fabric is used to reinforce with the polymer matrix by hand layup and vacuum bagging process. The glass fibre reinforced composites are prepared with fibre orientations of 0°, 45° and 90°. The specimens, after preparation, are tested for various tensile properties at different angles of the laminate. The tensile properties studied in this case are Tensile Strength, Tensile Modulus, Specific Tensile Strength and Specific Tensile Modulus. The result shave then been tabulated and studied to understand variation in the properties with orientation of fibre in the composite. Experimental procedure is carried out as per ASTM D3039 standards.

  3. An analytical solution for transverse thermal conductivities of unidirectional fibre composites with thermal barrier

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    Zou Mingqing; Zhang Duanming; Yu Boming [Department of Physics and the State Key Laboratory of Laser, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China)]. E-mail: yu3838@public.wh.hb.cn

    2002-08-07

    In this paper, an analytical expression for transverse thermal conductivities of unidirectional fibre composites with thermal barrier is derived based on the electrical analogy technique and on the cylindrical filament-square packing array unit cell model (C-S model). The present analytical expressions both with and without thermal barrier between fibre and matrix are presented. The present theoretical predictions without thermal barrier are found to be in excellent agreement with the existing analytical model and nomogram from the finite difference method (FDM), and in good agreement with existing experimental data. Furthermore, the present analytical predictions with thermal barrier can best fit the experimental data and can provide a higher accuracy than the finite element method (FEM). The validity of the present analytical solution is thus verified for transverse thermal conductivities of unidirectional fibre composites with thermal barrier. (author)

  4. An analytical solution for transverse thermal conductivities of unidirectional fibre composites with thermal barrier

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    In this paper, an analytical expression for transverse thermal conductivities of unidirectional fibre composites with thermal barrier is derived based on the electrical analogy technique and on the cylindrical filament-square packing array unit cell model (C-S model). The present analytical expressions both with and without thermal barrier between fibre and matrix are presented. The present theoretical predictions without thermal barrier are found to be in excellent agreement with the existing analytical model and nomogram from the finite difference method (FDM), and in good agreement with existing experimental data. Furthermore, the present analytical predictions with thermal barrier can best fit the experimental data and can provide a higher accuracy than the finite element method (FEM). The validity of the present analytical solution is thus verified for transverse thermal conductivities of unidirectional fibre composites with thermal barrier. (author)

  5. The Influence of Chemical Treatment on the Mechanical Behaviour of Animal Fibre-Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composites

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    Isiaka O. Oladele; Jimmy L. Olajide; Adekunle S. Ogunbadejo

    2015-01-01

    This research work has investigated the influence of chemical treatment on the mechanical behaviour of animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites. The animal fibres used for this present study were chicken feather and cow hair fibres procured from local poultries and abattoirs. Prior to the development of the composite materials, the animal fibres were washed and dried, cut into 10 mm and divided into two portions; one portion was treated with 0.25 M NaOH maintained at 60 0C...

  6. Ballistic Applications of Glass and Kevlar Fibre Vinylester Composites

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    S. P. Panda

    1994-10-01

    Full Text Available Void-free E-glass and Kevlar-49 fibre reinforced vinylester laminates prepared under compression moulding were found to have Charpy impact strength of 576 KJlm2 and 304 KJlm2, respectively. Ballistic immunisation tests carried out on the glass reinforced vinylester laminates with thickness ranging from 12 mm to 54 mm against 7.62 mm rifle bullets produced an exponential relationship between the per cent attenuation in bullet velocity and the areal density of the laminates; whereas the relationship was linear for 9 mm carbine fire with laminate thicknessvarying from 5.5 mm to 12 mm .

  7. Hidden defect identification in carbon fibre reinforced polymer plates using magnetic induction tomography

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    Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials pose new challenges to the non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques. This study addresses the issue of large defect identification in CFRP plates using electromagnetic measurements. A dual plane magnetic induction tomography (MIT) technique is proposed as a method for damage localization in composite parts, where two arrays of planar sensors are utilized to measure the changes in induced voltages due to the changes in electrical conductivity properties. This geometry meets the requirements of damage inspection in plate structures and thus makes the imaging process feasible. The electrical voltage measurements are used as input to inversely map the spatial resolution of the samples in the region of interest. The stability and detectability of the dual plane system is examined using small metallic cubes. Both individual and multiple instances of damage embedded in CFRP samples are created as a representation of the possible manufacturing defects. Experimental study shows that the presence of damage can be identified in both cases using the dual plane MIT system. With advanced sensing design, rapid data collection unit and improvement in resolution, MIT could become a rapid NDE technique for the integrity inspection of composite structures. (paper)

  8. Effect of fibre content and alkali treatment on mechanical properties of Roystonea regia-reinforced epoxy partially biodegradable composites

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    Govardhan Goud; R N Rao

    2011-12-01

    The present paper investigates the effect of fibre content and alkali treatment on tensile, flexural and impact properties of unidirectional Roystonea regia natural-fibre-reinforced epoxy composites which are partially biodegradable. The reinforcement Roystonea regia (royal palm) fibre was collected from the foliage of locally available royal palm tree through the process of water retting and mechanical extraction. The poor adhesion between fibre and matrix is commonly encountered problem in natural-fibre-reinforced composites. To overcome this problem, specific physical and chemical treatments were suggested for surface modification of fibres by investigators. Alkali treatment is one of the simple and effective surface modification techniques which is widely used in natural fibre composites. In the present study both untreated and alkali-treated fibres were used as reinforcement in Roystonea regia epoxy composites and the tensile, flexural and impact properties were determined at different fibre contents. The alkali treatment found to be effective in improving the tensile and flexural properties while the impact strength decreased.

  9. Effect of Loading Rate on the Behaviour of Partially Pyrolyzed Basalt Fibre Reinforced Composite

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    Halasová, Martina; Chlup, Zdeněk; Černý, Martin; Strachota, Adam; Sucharda, Zbyněk; Dlouhý, Ivo

    Montecatini Terme : CIMTEC, 2014. [CIMTEC 2014. Ceramics Congress /13./. 08.06.2014-13.06.2014, Montecatini Terme] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP107/12/2445 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 ; RVO:67985891 ; RVO:61389013 Keywords : pyrolysis * basalt fibre * impact loading Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials

  10. In vitro and in vivo studies on biocompatibility of carbon fibres

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    Rajzer, I.; Menaszek, E.; Bačáková, Lucie; Rom, M.; Blazewicz, M.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 9 (2010), s. 2611-2622. ISSN 0957-4530 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/1000 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50110509 Keywords : carbon fibres * biocompatibility Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics Impact factor: 2.325, year: 2010

  11. The cost-effectiveness of carbon-fibre cassettes in mobile chest radiography

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    Employment of carbon fibre materials is an effective method of reducing radiation dose, yet the increased associated costs have led to a reluctance in implementation. This study investigates the level of dose reduction achievable, while maintaining image quality, in mobile chest radiography using carbon-fibre cassettes, compared with plastic cassettes, and balances this against increased expense of the cassettes. Dose measurements using thermoluminescent dosimeters were carried out on intensive therapy unit (ITU) patients undergoing an anteroposterior chest X-ray examination. Resultant image quality was assessed using objective Commission of European Communities (CEC) criteria. A retrospective audit recorded number of ITU patients currently having chest X-rays to determine total dose savings over the life of the cassettes. The results show significant reductions (p < 0.0001) of 32 % for entrance surface and effective dose with carbon-fibre cassettes. No deterioration in total image quality was noted. The added expense of ≤ 2260 per personSievert (calculated from the effective dose reduction) for employing carbon-fibre cassettes is minimal compared with the estimated cost of manSievert exposures reported by other workers. (orig.)

  12. Pulse-Width Increase of Reflex Triode Vircator Using the Carbon Fibre Cathode

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    LIU Lie; LI Li-Min; ZHANG Xiao-Ping; WEN Jian-Chun; WAN Hong

    2006-01-01

    @@ We present the investigation on the reflex triode virtual cathode oscillator in which performances of carbonfibre and stainless-steel cathodes are compared with each other. The experimental results and analyses show that surface tracking induces the electron emission of the carbon fibre cathode.

  13. Determination of the parameters of crystallization of maleic anhydride modified polypropylene in model composites with glass fibres

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    Janevski, Aco; Bogoeva-Gaceva, Gordana

    2014-01-01

    Isothermal and nonisothermal crystallizations of maleic anhydride-modified iPP in glass fibres model composites with unsized and sized glass fibres were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), to evaluate the influence of glass fibres on crystallization behavior. Isothermal crystallization was followed in the temperature range from 391 K to 403 K, and the rate constant and Avrami exponents were determined. Nonisothermal crystallization was carried out at different cooling rates (1...

  14. Irradiation and processing of oil palm empty fruit bunch fibres - polypropylene composites

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    In this study, polypropylene was blended with oil palm empty fruit bunch fibres at a ratio of 60 to 40 by weight, respectively. Trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA) was used as the crosslinking agent. Homopolymer Polypropylene of MFI 14.0 and EFB fibres of 0.5 -1.0 mm sizes were used through out the experiment. Processing parameters such as temperature, rotor speed and processing time were optimized. Modes of irradiation were established to determine the optimum properties of the composites. The mechanical properties of the composite such as tensile strength, tensile modulus, flexural strength and flexural modulus were measured. The results indicate that temperature, 185 degree C, with a rotor speed of 40 rpm and 9 minutes processing time are sufficient to produce the optimum mechanical properties of PP/EFB composite. Modes of adding TMPTA into the blend and modes of irradiation also have influenced the properties of the composites

  15. Wear behaviour of composite materials based on 2024 Al-alloy reinforced with δ alumina fibres

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    J.W. Kaczmar

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Wear improvement of aluminum matrix composite materials reinforced with alumina fibres, was investigated. The effects of the applied pressure and T6 heat treatment on wear resistance were determined.Design/methodology/approach: Wear tests were carried out on pin-on disc device at constant sliding velocity and under three pressures, which in relation to diameter of specimens corresponds to pressures of 0.8 MPa, 1.2 MPa and 1.5 MPa. To produce composite materials porous performs were prepared. They are characterized by the suitable permeability and good strength required to resist stresses arising during squeeze casting process. Performs exhibited semi-oriented arrangement of fibres and open porosity enabled producing of composite materials 10% (in vol.% of Al2O3 fibres (Saffil.Findings: In comparison with T6 heat treated monolithic 2024 aluminium alloy composites revealed slightly better resistance under lower pressure. Probably, during wear process produced hard debris containing fragments of alumina fibres are transferred between surfaces and strongly abrade specimens. Under smaller pressures wear process proceeded slowly and mechanically mixed layer MML was formed.Research limitations/implications: Reinforcing of 2024 aluminium alloy could be inefficient for wear purposes. Remelting and casting of wrought alloy could deteriorate its properties. Interdendrite porosities and coarsening of grains even after squeeze casting process were observed.Practical implications: Aluminum casting alloys can be locally reinforced to improve hardness and wear resistance under small pressures.Originality/value: Investigations are valuable for persons, what are interested in aluminum cast composite materials reinforced with ceramic fibre performs.

  16. A high-porosity carbon molybdenum sulphide composite with enhanced electrochemical hydrogen evolution and stability

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    Laursen, Anders B.; Vesborg, Peter C. K.; Chorkendorff, Ib

    2013-01-01

    This work describes a highly active and stable acid activated carbon fibre and amorphous MoSx composite hydrogen evolution catalyst. The increased electrochemical-surface area is demonstrated to cause increased catalyst electrodeposition and activity. These composite electrodes also show an...

  17. Mechanical behaviour of chicken quills and chicken feather fibres reinforced polymeric composites

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    M. Uzun

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The objective of this study is to utilise and evaluate the mechanical properties of the chicken feather quill and fibre reinforced vinylester and polyester composites.Design/methodology/approach: Prior to production of the composites, the chicken feather fibres (CFF were cleaned, tested and analyzed in terms of physical properties; linear density and tensile behaviour. The unidirectional CFF reinforced composites were produced with vinylester and polyester resins with three fibre reinforcement loadings (2.5, 6, 10wt%. Following experiments were conducted to determine physical properties of the control (0% and CFF reinforced composites; tensile, flexural and Charpy impact testing.Findings: It was found that the impact properties of the CFF reinforced composites are significantly better than the control composites however both the tensile and the flexural properties of the CFF reinforced composites have poorer values compared to the control composites. For the 10% CFF reinforced vinylester composite, Charpy impact value was 4.42 kgj/mm2 which was 25% higher than the control vinylester composites (3.31 kgj/mm2 and also for the 10% CFF reinforced polyester (4.56 kgj/mm2 composite had three times better impact resistance than the control composite (1.85 kgj/mm2.Practical implications: The CFF reinforced composite have potential applications due to its improved impact behaviour.Originality/value: If the poultry waste can be utilised and used any engineering applications they will be preferred due to low-cost and superior characteristics and the most importantly they will not cause ecological and health problems.

  18. Fracture Toughness of Thermally Shocked SiC-Fibre Reinforced Glass Matrix Composites

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    Chlup, Zdeněk; Dlouhý, Ivo; Boccaccini, A. R.

    Wileyvch, 2001 - (Krenkel, W.; Naslain, R.; Schneider, H.), s. 463-468 ISBN 3-527-30320-0. [International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites /4./. Munich (DE), 01.10.2001-03.10.2001] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA2041003; GA MŠk ME 491 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : fracture toughness * glass matrix composite * sic fibre Subject RIV: JH - Ceramic s, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass

  19. Tribological properties of Al 7075 alloy based composites strengthened with Al2O3 fibres

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    K. Naplocha; J.W. Kaczmar

    2011-01-01

    Wear resistance of 7075 aluminium alloy based composite materials reinforced with Al2O3 Saffil fibres was investigated. The measurementsof wear were performed applying the pin-on-disc method at dry friction conditions with the gray iron counterpart. The effects ofpressure of composite samples on the counterpart made of gray iron and the orientation of fibers in relation to the friction surface on wear rate were determined. The materials were produced by squeeze casting method where 80-90% por...

  20. Metal Triflates as Catalytic Curing Agents in Self-Healing Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials

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    Coope, Timothy S; Wass, Duncan F; Trask, Richard S.; Bond, Ian P.

    2014-01-01

    A self-healing, high performance, fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite material is demonstrated by employing a Lewis acid-catalysed epoxy self-healing agent (SHA) within a laminate manufactured using existing industrial methods. Thermal cure analysis and mechanical testing is employed to characterise the self-healed polymer. A bio-inspired series of vascules incorporated into an FRP composite material facilitates the delivery of SHAs to exposed fractured crack planes. Healing is effected ...

  1. Fatigue Damage Monitoring of a Composite Step Lap Joint Using Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors

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    Leslie Wong; Nabil Chowdhury; John Wang; Wing Kong Chiu; Jayantha Kodikara

    2016-01-01

    Over the past few decades, there has been a considerable interest in the use of distributed optical fibre sensors (DOFS) for structural health monitoring of composite structures. In aerospace-related work, health monitoring of the adhesive joints of composites has become more significant, as they can suffer from cracking and delamination, which can have a significant impact on the integrity of the joint. In this paper, a swept-wavelength interferometry (SWI) based DOFS technique is used to mo...

  2. Flexural response of polypropylene/E-glass fibre reinforced unidirectional composites

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    Okereke, Michael I

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a study of the flexural response of continuous E-glass fibre reinforced polypropylene composites. Experiments were designed to investigate monotonic and cyclic flexural response using three point bending test for laminates with different angle-ply and cross-ply arrangements. Results show that the monotonic and cyclic flexural response of the composites are influenced by the plastic deformation of the matrix. The study observed that increasing numbers of cyclic loads led to...

  3. Development of high temperature resistant ceramic matrix composites based on SiC- and novel SiBNC-fibres; Entwicklung hochtemperaturbestaendiger keramischer Faserverbundwerkstoffe auf der Basis von SiC- und neuartigen SiBNC-Fasern

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    Daenicke, Enrico

    2014-10-01

    Novel ceramic fibres in the quaternary system Si-B-C-N exhibit excellent high temperature stability and creep resistance. In th is work it was investigated, to what extent these outstanding properties of SiBNC-fibres can be transferred into ceramic matrix composites (CMC) in comparison to commercial silicon carbide (SiC) fibres. For the CMC development the liquid silicon infiltration (LSI) as well as the polymer infiltration and pyrolysis process (PIP) was applied. Extensive correlations between fibre properties, fibre coating (without, pyrolytic carbon, lanthanum phosphate), process parameters of the CMC manufacturing method and the mechanical and microstructural properties of the CMC before and after exposure to air could be established. Hence, the potential of novel CMCs can be assessed and application fields can be derived.

  4. Mercury Removal from Aqueous Solution and Flue Gas by Adsorption on Activated Carbon Fibres

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    Nabais, Joao; Carrott, Peter; Ribeiro Carrott, Manuela

    2006-01-01

    The use of two activated carbon fibres, one laboratorial sample prepared from a commercial acrylic textile fibre and one commercial sample of Kynol1, as prepared/received and modified by reaction with powdered sulfur and H2S gas in order to increase the sulfur content were studied for the removal of mercury from aqueous solution and from flue gases from a fluidized bed combustor. The sulfur introduced ranged from 1 to 6 wt.% depending on the method used. The most important parameter ...

  5. Lateral stiffness and vibration characteristics of composite plated RC shear walls with variable fibres spacing

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    In this paper, a finite element model for static and free vibration analysis of reinforced concrete (RC) shear walls structures strengthened with thin composite plates having variable fibres spacing is presented. An efficient analysis method that can be used regardless to the sizes and location of the bonded plates is proposed in this study. In the numerical formulation, the adherents and the adhesives are all modelled as shear wall elements, using the mixed finite element method. Several test problems are examined to demonstrate the accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed method. Numerical results are obtained for six nonuniform distributions of E-glass, graphite and boron fibres in epoxy matrices. The fibre redistributions of the bonded plates are seen to increase the frequencies modes and reduce substantially the lateral displacements

  6. Lateral stiffness and vibration characteristics of composite plated RC shear walls with variable fibres spacing

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    Meftah, S.A. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et Hydrologie, Universite de Sidi Bel Abbes, BP 89 Cite Ben M' hidi, 22000 Sidi Bel Abbes (Algeria)], E-mail: meftahs@yahoo.com; Yeghnem, R. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et Hydrologie, Universite de Sidi Bel Abbes, BP 89 Cite Ben M' hidi, 22000 Sidi Bel Abbes (Algeria); Tounsi, A. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et Hydrologie, Universite de Sidi Bel Abbes, BP 89 Cite Ben M' hidi, 22000 Sidi Bel Abbes (Algeria)], E-mail: tou_abdel@yahoo.com; Adda Bedia, E.A. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et Hydrologie, Universite de Sidi Bel Abbes, BP 89 Cite Ben M' hidi, 22000 Sidi Bel Abbes (Algeria)

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    In this paper, a finite element model for static and free vibration analysis of reinforced concrete (RC) shear walls structures strengthened with thin composite plates having variable fibres spacing is presented. An efficient analysis method that can be used regardless to the sizes and location of the bonded plates is proposed in this study. In the numerical formulation, the adherents and the adhesives are all modelled as shear wall elements, using the mixed finite element method. Several test problems are examined to demonstrate the accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed method. Numerical results are obtained for six nonuniform distributions of E-glass, graphite and boron fibres in epoxy matrices. The fibre redistributions of the bonded plates are seen to increase the frequencies modes and reduce substantially the lateral displacements.

  7. Dynamic densification of metal matrix-coated fibre composites: modelling and processing

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    The consolidation processing of Ti-6Al-4V matrix-coated fibre (MCF) composite under vacuum hot pressing (VHP) has been investigated. A new test methodology has been developed for the determination of in situ matrix coating creep properties. In using the methodology, only a single, simple test is required, together with finite element modelling of the single fibre compression test. The creep coefficient and stress index have been determined for electron beam evaporated physical vapour deposited Ti-6Al-4V at 900 deg. C to be 1.23 x 10-5 and 1.3, respectively. Consolidation experiments have been carried out on multi-ply MCF arrays under vacuum hot pressing. Finite element models have been developed for the dynamic consolidation of both square and hexagonal fibre packings. The creep constants for the Ti-6Al-4V, determined using the single fibre test, were assigned to the coating in the finite element models. Excellent agreement between predicted and experimental results was achieved, providing verification of the single fibre test methodology for the determination of creep constants

  8. Glass fibre polyester composite with in vivo vascular channel for use in self-healing

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    The embedment of adhesive-filled hollow glass fibres (HGF) has been reported as a way of combating micro-crack development in fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) structures. However, hollow fibres can critically undermine the effectiveness of self-healing systems and have been reported to be a potential impediment to the healing agent flow path. On the other hand, attempting to use non-hollow vascular systems in higher dimensions has largely been restricted to bulk polymers that lack reinforcing fibres. This paper investigates an alternative technique where a simple two-dimensional (2D) network of hollow channels is created within a glass-fibre-reinforced polyester-composite structure. The network is created using a fugitive preforming material at the ply level of interest, similar to a direct ink writing procedure. The temporary structure is extracted as a part of the curing and post-curing processes. The channels formed are used to deliver cyanoacrylate adhesive (CA) to areas that have been damaged under a flexural three-point bending test. Subsequent post-repair mechanical testing, under the same mode, evaluates the success of the repair process. The results show good recovery of the stiffness, a paramount mechanical property, and indicate how the grade of the repairing agent used influences the recovered loading strength of the FRP samples. (paper)

  9. Glass fibre polyester composite with in vivo vascular channel for use in self-healing

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    Fifo, Omosola; Ryan, Kevin; Basu, Biswajit

    2014-09-01

    The embedment of adhesive-filled hollow glass fibres (HGF) has been reported as a way of combating micro-crack development in fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) structures. However, hollow fibres can critically undermine the effectiveness of self-healing systems and have been reported to be a potential impediment to the healing agent flow path. On the other hand, attempting to use non-hollow vascular systems in higher dimensions has largely been restricted to bulk polymers that lack reinforcing fibres. This paper investigates an alternative technique where a simple two-dimensional (2D) network of hollow channels is created within a glass-fibre-reinforced polyester-composite structure. The network is created using a fugitive preforming material at the ply level of interest, similar to a direct ink writing procedure. The temporary structure is extracted as a part of the curing and post-curing processes. The channels formed are used to deliver cyanoacrylate adhesive (CA) to areas that have been damaged under a flexural three-point bending test. Subsequent post-repair mechanical testing, under the same mode, evaluates the success of the repair process. The results show good recovery of the stiffness, a paramount mechanical property, and indicate how the grade of the repairing agent used influences the recovered loading strength of the FRP samples.

  10. Micro-macro understanding of fatigue of fibre composites

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    Sørensen, Bent F.

    2014-01-01

    Degradation of composite materials during cyclic loading is being better understood. Better understanding enables better material models and the development of more durable composite materials that have longer life for e.g. wind turbine rotor blades......Degradation of composite materials during cyclic loading is being better understood. Better understanding enables better material models and the development of more durable composite materials that have longer life for e.g. wind turbine rotor blades...

  11. Influence of fibre distribution and grain size on the mechanical behaviour of friction stir processed Mg–C composites

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    Mertens, A., E-mail: anne.mertens@ulg.ac.be [Université de Liège, Faculty of Applied Science, A& M Department, Metallic Materials Science Unit (Belgium); Simar, A. [Université catholique de Louvain, Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering (Belgium); Adrien, J.; Maire, E. [Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon), MATEIS Laboratory (France); Montrieux, H.-M. [Université de Liège, Faculty of Applied Science, A& M Department, Metallic Materials Science Unit (Belgium); Delannay, F. [Université catholique de Louvain, Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering (Belgium); Lecomte-Beckers, J. [Université de Liège, Faculty of Applied Science, A& M Department, Metallic Materials Science Unit (Belgium)

    2015-09-15

    Short C fibres–Mg matrix composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy AZ31B or AZ91D. This novel processing technique can allow the easy production of large-scale metal matrix composites. The paper investigates the microstructure of FSPed C fibre–Mg composites in relation with the fragmentation of the C fibres during FSP and their influence on the tensile properties. 3D X-ray tomography reveals that the fibres orient like onion rings and are more or less fragmented depending on the local shear stress during the process. The fibre volume fraction can be increased from 2.3% to 7.1% by reducing the nugget volume, i.e. by using a higher advancing speed in AZ31B alloy or a stronger matrix alloy, like AZ91D alloy. A higher fibre volume fraction leads to a smaller grain size which brings about an increase of the composite yield strength by 15 to 25%. However, a higher fibre volume fraction also leads to a lower fracture strain. Fracture surface observations reveal that damage occurs by fibre/matrix decohesion along fibres oriented perpendicularly to the loading direction. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • C–Mg MMCs were produced by FSP sandwiches made of a C fabric between Mg sheets. • Fibre fragmentation and erosion is larger when the temperature reached during FSP is lower. • A lower advancing speed brings a lower fibre volume fraction and a lower grain size. • X-ray tomography reveals that fibres orient along the FSP material flow. • The fibres and grain size reduction increase the yield strength by 15 to 25%.

  12. Stiffness Characteristics of Fibre-reinforced Composite Shaft Embedded with Shape Memory Alloy Wires

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    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Frequent coast up/coast down operations of rotating shafts in the power and aerospace industry expose the flexible rotors to the risk of fatigue failures. Resonant vibrations during passage through critical speeds induce large stresses that may lead to failures. In this paper, the use of nitinol [shape memory alloy (SMA] wires in the fibre-reinforced composite shaft, for the purpose ofmodifying shaft stiffness properties to avoid such failures, is discussed. A setup has been developed to fabricate the composite shaft (made of fibre glass and epoxy resin embedded with pre-stressed SMA wires. Experiments have been carried out on the shaft to estimate the changes in the natural frequency of the composite shaft due to activation and deactivation ofSMA wires. The comparisonofthe experimental results with the established analytical results indicates feasibility ofvibration control using the special properties of SMA wires.

  13. Tannin-based flax fibre reinforced composites for structural applications in vehicles

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    Zhu, J.; Abhyankar, H.; Nassiopoulos, E.; Njuguna, J.

    2012-09-01

    Innovation is often driven by changes in government policies regulating the industries, especially true in case of the automotive. Except weight savings, the strict EU regulation of 95% recyclable material-made vehicles drives the manufactures and scientists to seek new 'green materials' for structural applications. With handing at two major drawbacks (production cost and safety), ECHOSHELL is supported by EU to develop and optimise structural solutions for superlight electric vehicles by using bio-composites made of high-performance natural fibres and resins, providing enhanced strength and bio-degradability characteristics. Flax reinforced tannin-based composite is selected as one of the candidates and were firstly investigated with different fabric lay-up angles (non-woven flax mat, UD, [0, 90°]4 and [0, +45°, 90°, -45°]2) through authors' work. Some of the obtained results, such as tensile properties and SEM micrographs were shown in this conference paper. The UD flax reinforced composite exhibits the best tensile performance, with tensile strength and modulus of 150 MPa and 9.6 MPa, respectively. It was observed that during tension the oriented-fabric composites showed some delamination process, which are expected to be eliminated through surface treatment (alkali treatment etc.) and nanotechnology, such as the use of nano-fibrils. Failure mechanism of the tested samples were identified through SEM results, indicating that the combination of fibre pull-out, fibre breakage and brittle resins failure mainly contribute to the fracture failure of composites.

  14. Tannin-based flax fibre reinforced composites for structural applications in vehicles

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    Innovation is often driven by changes in government policies regulating the industries, especially true in case of the automotive. Except weight savings, the strict EU regulation of 95% recyclable material-made vehicles drives the manufactures and scientists to seek new 'green materials' for structural applications. With handing at two major drawbacks (production cost and safety), ECHOSHELL is supported by EU to develop and optimise structural solutions for superlight electric vehicles by using bio-composites made of high-performance natural fibres and resins, providing enhanced strength and bio-degradability characteristics. Flax reinforced tannin-based composite is selected as one of the candidates and were firstly investigated with different fabric lay-up angles (non-woven flax mat, UD, [0, 90°]4 and [0, +45°, 90°, −45°]2) through authors' work. Some of the obtained results, such as tensile properties and SEM micrographs were shown in this conference paper. The UD flax reinforced composite exhibits the best tensile performance, with tensile strength and modulus of 150 MPa and 9.6 MPa, respectively. It was observed that during tension the oriented-fabric composites showed some delamination process, which are expected to be eliminated through surface treatment (alkali treatment etc.) and nanotechnology, such as the use of nano-fibrils. Failure mechanism of the tested samples were identified through SEM results, indicating that the combination of fibre pull-out, fibre breakage and brittle resins failure mainly contribute to the fracture failure of composites.

  15. Thermoplastic impact property improvement in hybrid natural fibre epoxy composite bumper beam

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    Utilization of thermoset resin as a bumper beam composite matrix is currently more dominated in car manufacturer suppliers, because of availability, easy processing, low material cost and production equipment investment. Moreover, low viscosity, shrinkage and excellent flow facilitate better fibre impregnation and proper surface resin wetting. Three-dimensional cross linking curing increase impact, creep and environmental stress cracking resistance properties. Low impact properties of natural fibre epoxy composite, are main issues in its employment for automotive structural components. Impact properties in epoxy composite bumper beam could be increased by modifying the resin, reinforcement and manufacturing process as well as geometry parameters such as cross section, thickness, added ribs and fixing method optimizations could strengthen impact resistance. There are two main methods, flexibilisation and toughening, as modifying the resin in order to improve the impact properties of epoxy composite, which form single phase or two-phase morphology to make modifier as epoxy or from separate phase to keep the thermo-mechanical properties. Liquid rubber, thermoplastic, core shell particle and rigid particle are different methods of toughening improvements. In this research, thermoplastic toughening has used to improve impact properties in hybrid natural fibre epoxy composite for automotive bumper beam and has achieved reasonable impact improvements.

  16. Thermoplastic impact property improvement in hybrid natural fibre epoxy composite bumper beam

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    Davoodi, M. M.; Sapuan, S. M.; Ali, Aidy; Ahmad, D.; Khalina, A.

    2010-05-01

    Utilization of thermoset resin as a bumper beam composite matrix is currently more dominated in car manufacturer suppliers, because of availability, easy processing, low material cost and production equipment investment. Moreover, low viscosity, shrinkage and excellent flow facilitate better fibre impregnation and proper surface resin wetting. Three-dimensional cross linking curing increase impact, creep and environmental stress cracking resistance properties. Low impact properties of natural fibre epoxy composite, are main issues in its employment for automotive structural components. Impact properties in epoxy composite bumper beam could be increased by modifying the resin, reinforcement and manufacturing process as well as geometry parameters such as cross section, thickness, added ribs and fixing method optimizations could strengthen impact resistance. There are two main methods, flexibilisation and toughening, as modifying the resin in order to improve the impact properties of epoxy composite, which form single phase or two-phase morphology to make modifier as epoxy or from separate phase to keep the thermo-mechanical properties. Liquid rubber, thermoplastic, core shell particle and rigid particle are different methods of toughening improvements. In this research, thermoplastic toughening has used to improve impact properties in hybrid natural fibre epoxy composite for automotive bumper beam and has achieved reasonable impact improvements.

  17. Tribological Evaluations of Polyester Composites Considering Three Orientations of CSM Glass Fibres Using BOR Machine

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    Yousif, B. F.; El-Tayeb, N. S. M.

    2007-03-01

    In the current work, the effects of chopped strand mat (CSM) glass fibre 450 g/m2 on tribo-properties of unsaturated polyester are evaluated. Experimental tests were performed by using Block on Ring (BOR) machine against polished stainless steel under dry contact condition. Three principle orientations of CSM glass fibre in the matrix were considered, i.e. namely Parallel (P-O), Anti-Parallel (AP-O) and Normal (N-O). Specific wear rate, friction coefficient and interface temperature were determined and presented as a function of applied load (30 100 N), and sliding distance (0 14 km) at two different sliding velocities (2.8 and 3.9 m/s). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the damages features on the worn surfaces. The results showed that the orientations of CSM glass fibre significantly influenced the tribological performance of polyester composite. Better tribo performance were achieved when the polyester was reinforced with CSM glass fibre and tested at Parallel orientation. Moreover, specific wear rate and friction coefficient of polyester was reduced by 75%, and 55% at P-O of CGRP composite. The damage features were predominated by debonding of fibers, matrix deformation and polyester debris transfer.

  18. Online Monitoring Research of Composite Insulator Based on Fibre Bragg Grating Sensor

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    Yuan, Duanlei; Chen, Yanhui; Shi, Hongwei; Song, XiaoGuang; Ji, Yundong

    Composite insulator has good insulation properties and mechanical properties. But under long-term electrical load and exposed to the sun and rain, its organic materials have aging problem, it is essential to test its operational state online. In this paper, the operational state of composite insulator were online detected by Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) Sensor.During the process of making composite insulator, FBG sensor was embedded in this study. Firstly, composite insulators with FBG sensor exposed to accelerated aging, then artificial flashover imposed on composite insulator, the temperature of composite insulator were detected by FBG sensor, and the temperature field of pollution flashover was drawn. Test results indicate that the area where the flashover occured had high temperature, the silicone rubber surface significantly become black and hard, and had many small cracks, the hydrophobic of composite insulator basically loss. Studies show that FBG sensor has broad application prospects on online detection of composite insulator.

  19. The Influence of Chemical Treatment on the Mechanical Behaviour of Animal Fibre-Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composites

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    Isiaka O. Oladele

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This research work has investigated the influence of chemical treatment on the mechanical behaviour of animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites. The animal fibres used for this present study were chicken feather and cow hair fibres procured from local poultries and abattoirs. Prior to the development of the composite materials, the animal fibres were washed and dried, cut into 10 mm and divided into two portions; one portion was treated with 0.25 M NaOH maintained at 60 0C for 1 hour in a water bath, rinsed with distilled water and dried in the oven while the other portion was left untreated. Both portions were then used to reinforce the high density polyethylene polymer at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 % fibre loading respectively from which, the flexural and tensile test samples were produced by hot compression moulding. From the test results, it was observed that the chemically treated cow hair and chicken feather fibre reinforced high density polyethylene composites gave the best flexural properties for most fibre loading percentages compared to their untreated animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites counterparts and the neat high density polyethylene matrix. However, the tensile properties of all the animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites were not enhanced. Chicken feather and cow hair fibres were chosen for this research work to consider their potential applications as reinforcement for polymeric materials with a view to curtail the environmental pollution they generate by means of their disposal, as they are considered as unusable animal waste.

  20. Natural fibre high-density polyethylene and lead oxide composites for radiation shielding

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    El-Sayed, A; Ismail, M R

    2003-01-01

    Study has been made of the radiation shielding provided by recycled agricultural fibre and industrial plastic wastes produced as composite materials. Fast neutron and gamma-ray spectra behind composites of fibre-plastic (rho = 1.373 g cm sup - sup 3) and fibre-plastic-lead (rho = 2.756 g cm sup - sup 3) have been measured using a collimated reactor beam and neutron-gamma spectrometer with a stilbene scintillator. The pulse shape discriminating technique based on the zero-cross-over method was used to discriminate between neutron and gamma-ray pulses. Slow neutron fluxes have been measured using a collimated reactor beam and BF sub 3 counter, leading to determination of the macroscopic cross-section (SIGMA). The removal cross-sections (SIGMA sub R) of fast neutrons have been determined from measured results and elemental composition of the composites. For gamma-rays, total linear attenuation coefficients (mu) and total mass attenuation coefficients (mu/rho) have been determined from use of the XCOM code and me...

  1. Natural fibre high-density polyethylene and lead oxide composites for radiation shielding

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    Study has been made of the radiation shielding provided by recycled agricultural fibre and industrial plastic wastes produced as composite materials. Fast neutron and gamma-ray spectra behind composites of fibre-plastic (ρ = 1.373 g cm-3) and fibre-plastic-lead (ρ = 2.756 g cm-3) have been measured using a collimated reactor beam and neutron-gamma spectrometer with a stilbene scintillator. The pulse shape discriminating technique based on the zero-cross-over method was used to discriminate between neutron and gamma-ray pulses. Slow neutron fluxes have been measured using a collimated reactor beam and BF3 counter, leading to determination of the macroscopic cross-section (Σ). The removal cross-sections (ΣR) of fast neutrons have been determined from measured results and elemental composition of the composites. For gamma-rays, total linear attenuation coefficients (μ) and total mass attenuation coefficients (μ/ρ) have been determined from use of the XCOM code and measured results. Reasonable agreement was found between measured and calculated results

  2. Natural fibre high-density polyethylene and lead oxide composites for radiation shielding

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    El-Sayed Abdo, A.; Ali, M. A. M.; Ismail, M. R.

    2003-03-01

    Study has been made of the radiation shielding provided by recycled agricultural fibre and industrial plastic wastes produced as composite materials. Fast neutron and gamma-ray spectra behind composites of fibre-plastic ( ρ = 1.373 g cm -3) and fibre-plastic-lead ( ρ = 2.756 g cm -3) have been measured using a collimated reactor beam and neutron-gamma spectrometer with a stilbene scintillator. The pulse shape discriminating technique based on the zero-cross-over method was used to discriminate between neutron and gamma-ray pulses. Slow neutron fluxes have been measured using a collimated reactor beam and BF 3 counter, leading to determination of the macroscopic cross-section ( Σ). The removal cross-sections ( ΣR) of fast neutrons have been determined from measured results and elemental composition of the composites. For gamma-rays, total linear attenuation coefficients ( μ) and total mass attenuation coefficients ( μ/ ρ) have been determined from use of the XCOM code and measured results. Reasonable agreement was found between measured and calculated results.

  3. The effect of ion implantation on the tribomechanical properties of carbon fibre reinforced polymers

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    Graphite fibre reinforced epoxy composite material (GFRP) is used extensively in the aerospace and other industries for structural application. The trend is to address the 20 to 30 year life endurance of this material in service. Mechanical joints in air crafts are exposed to dynamic loads during service and wear may be experienced by the composite material joint. Generally it has been shown that graphite fibre reinforced polymers have superior wear and friction properties as compared with the unfilled polymers. In the described experiment, ion implantation was used as a novel surface treatment. Wear and friction of a polymer composite material (GFRP) was studied and ion implantation was used in order to observe the effect on the tribomechanical properties of the material. It was found that ion implantation of C on GFRP sliding against Ti changes the tribological properties of the system, and in particular decreases the coefficient of friction and wear. 4 refs., 2 figs

  4. The effect of ion implantation on the tribomechanical properties of carbon fibre reinforced polymers

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    Mistica, R.; Sood, D.K. [Royal Melbourne Inst. of Tech., VIC (Australia); Janardhana, M.N. [Deakin University, Geelong, VIC (Australia). School of Engineering and Technology

    1993-12-31

    Graphite fibre reinforced epoxy composite material (GFRP) is used extensively in the aerospace and other industries for structural application. The trend is to address the 20 to 30 year life endurance of this material in service. Mechanical joints in air crafts are exposed to dynamic loads during service and wear may be experienced by the composite material joint. Generally it has been shown that graphite fibre reinforced polymers have superior wear and friction properties as compared with the unfilled polymers. In the described experiment, ion implantation was used as a novel surface treatment. Wear and friction of a polymer composite material (GFRP) was studied and ion implantation was used in order to observe the effect on the tribomechanical properties of the material. It was found that ion implantation of C on GFRP sliding against Ti changes the tribological properties of the system, and in particular decreases the coefficient of friction and wear. 4 refs., 2 figs.

  5. High performance carbon-carbon composites

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    Lalit M Manocha

    2003-02-01

    Carbon-carbon composites rank first among ceramic composite materials with a spectrum of properties and applications in various sectors. These composites are made of fibres in various directions and carbonaceous polymers and hydrocarbons as matrix precursors. Their density and properties depend on the type and volume fraction of reinforcement, matrix precursor used and end heat treatment temperature. Composites made with thermosetting resins as matrix precursors possess low densities (1.55–1.75 g/cm3) and well-distributed microporosity whereas those made with pitch as the matrix precursor, after densification exhibit densities of 1.8–2.0 g/cm3 with some mesopores, and those made by the CVD technique with hydrocarbon gases, possess intermediate densities and matrices with close porosities. The former (resin-based) composites exhibit high flexural strength, low toughness and low thermal conductivity, whereas the latter (pitch- and CVD-based) can be made with very high thermal conductivity (400–700 W/MK) in the fibre direction. Carbon-carbon composites are used in a variety of sectors requiring high mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, good frictional properties for brake pads in high speed vehicles or high thermal conductivity for thermal management applications. However, for extended life applications, these composites need to be protected against oxidation either through matrix modification with Si, Zr, Hf etc. or by multilayer oxidation protection coatings consisting of SiC, silica, zircon etc.

  6. An engineering analysis of penetration of metal ball into fibre-reinforced composite targets

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    Yong-chi LI; Zhi-hai WANG; Xiao-jun WANG; Xiu-zhang HU

    2009-01-01

    An engineering analysis of computing the penetration problem of a steel ball penetrating into fibre-reinforced composite targets is presented. Assume the metal ball is a rigid body, and the composite target is a transversely isotropic elasto-plastic material. In the analysis, a spherical cavity dilatation model is incorporated in the cylindrical cavity penetration method. Simulation results based on the modified model are in good agreement with the results for 3-D Kevlar woven (3DKW) composite anti-penetration experiments. Effects of the target material parameters and impact parameters on the penetration problem are also studied.

  7. Fibre Optic Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring of Aircraft Composite Structures: Recent Advances and Applications

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    Raffaella Di Sante

    2015-01-01

    In-service structural health monitoring of composite aircraft structures plays a key role in the assessment of their performance and integrity. In recent years, Fibre Optic Sensors (FOS) have proved to be a potentially excellent technique for real-time in-situ monitoring of these structures due to their numerous advantages, such as immunity to electromagnetic interference, small size, light weight, durability, and high bandwidth, which allows a great number of sensors to operate in the same s...

  8. Temperature Distribution in Fibre-glass Composite Impregnated with Epoxy-Cyanate ester Blend

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    Priyanka Brahmbhatt; Moni Banaudha; Subrata Pradhan

    2014-01-01

    Cyanate ester and epoxy blends have been identified as an attractive insulating material for fusion grade magnet winding packs. An insulation system comprising of fibre glass composites and cyanate ester and blend has been analyzed during its vacuum pressure impregnation and curing. The transient one dimensional distribution of temperature and extent of cure has been evaluated both analytically and experimentally in this paper. The one dimensional transient (1-D) heat transfer cha...

  9. Processing, characterization and modeling of recycled polypropylene/glass fibre/wood flour composites

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    Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most common thermoplastic materials in the world. There is a need to recycle the large amount of this used material. To overcome the environmental problems, related to the polymer waste, PP was recycled and used as a matrix material in different composites that can be used in high value applications. In this paper, composites made of recycled polypropylene (RPP) reinforced by glass fibres and/or wood flour of the palm tree were prepared, characterized and modeled. The mechanical and thermal properties of these recycled polymer matrix composites (RPMCs) were measured experimentally and modeled theoretically. The mechanical properties included tensile modulus, tensile strength and hardness, whereas thermal properties included thermal stability, melting and crystallinity percentage content were studied. In addition we applied the functionally graded materials concept, the elastic finite element analysis of a layered functionally graded pressurized pipe, which is one of the practical industrial applications, was accomplished in order to have some insight on the performance of such RPMCs. The results reveal that the desired mechanical and thermal properties met the requirements of a wide range of practical applications which can be attained by adding the considered fillers. Also, the proper selection of the layers of the pressurized pipe, which was made of RPMCs, led to decrease of the induced stresses and accordingly increased the operational safety. - Highlights: • Recycled polymer matrix composites were prepared with wood flour and glass fibre. • Finite elemental analysis was used for the analysis of layered functionally graded pressurized pipe. • Glass fibres acted as nucleating agents that increased crystallinity % and improved thermal stability. • Mechanical, thermal properties of RPP were improved by wood and glass fibre

  10. Prediction of stiffness and stresses in z-fibre reinforced composite laminates

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    Grassi, Marcello; Zhang, Xiang; Meo, Michele

    2002-01-01

    The mechanical properties of z-pinned composite laminates were examined numerically. Finite element calculations have been performed to understand how the through-thickness reinforcement modifies the engineering elastic constants and local stress distributions. Solutions were found for four basic laminate stacking sequences, all having two percent volume fraction of z-fibres. For the stiffness analysis, a micromechanicalfinite element model was employed that was based on the...

  11. Monitoring damage development in composite repairs using chirped fibre Bragg grating sensors.

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    Rito, Rodolfo N.L.

    2015-01-01

    Composite repairs are often used for damaged structures in order to recover the mechanical properties of the original structure. During service, there is the possibility that damage will occur in the repaired region and hence it would be useful to be able to monitor such repairs. This research investigates the use of chirped fibre Bragg grating (CFBG) sensors to monitor the development of fatigue damage initiation and growth in the repaired region of three different repair systems, i.e. glass...

  12. EFFECTS OF GEOMETRIC RATIOS AND FIBRE ORIENTATION ON THE NATURAL FREQUENCIES OF LAMINATED COMPOSITE PLATES

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation aims to examine the influence of geometric ratios and fibre orientation on the natural frequencies of fibre-reinforced laminated composite plates using finite element method based on Yang’s theory and his collaborators. The transverse shear and rotatory inertia effects were taken into consideration in the developed Fortran computer program. It has been shown that the use of first-order displacement field provides the same accuracy as higher-order displacement field when the number of elements representing the plate structure is increased (refined mesh. However, poor precision may appear for plates with high thickness-to-side ratio h/a (thickness/side length. This discrepancy limits the application of the developed theory to thick plates (h/a<0.5. The various curves show the evolution of the dimensionless frequency (w* versus fibre orientation angle (q and illustrate the apparition of a “triple-point” phenomenon engendered by the increase of the plate aspect ratio a/b (length/width for a specific value of h/a. This point defines the maximum natural frequency and the associated fibre orientation. Also, results show that for high and/or low aspect ratios, the triple-point phenomenon does not occur. This latter is rapidly reached for thick plates than thin plates when the plate aspect ratio a/b is progressively increased.

  13. A piezoelectric fibre composite based energy harvesting device for potential wearable applications

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    Rapid technological advances in nanotechnology, microelectronic sensors and systems are becoming increasingly miniaturized to the point where embedded wearable applications are beginning to emerge. A restriction to the widespread application of these microsystems is the power supply of relatively sizable dimensions, weight, and limited lifespan. Emerging micropower sources exploit self-powered generators utilizing the intrinsic energy conversion characteristics of smart materials. 'Energy harvesting' describes the process by which energy is extracted from the environment, converted and stored. Piezoelectric materials have been used to convert mechanical into electrical energy through their inherent piezoelectric effect. This paper focuses on the development of a micropower generator using microcomposite based piezoelectric materials for energy reclamation in glove structures. Devices consist of piezoelectric fibres, 90–250 µm in diameter, aligned in a unidirectional manner and incorporated into a composite structure. The fibres are laid within a single laminate structure with copper interdigitated electrodes assembled on both sides, forming a thin film device. Performances of devices with different fibre diameters and material thicknesses are investigated. Experiments are outlined that detail the performance characteristics of such piezoelectric fibre laminates. Results presented show voltage outputs up to 6 V which is considered enough for potential applications in powering wearable microsystems

  14. Influence of bulk fibre properties of PAN-based carbon felts on their performance in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Schweiss, Rüdiger

    2015-03-01

    Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon felts with different fibre properties were studied in terms of their suitability as porous flow-through electrode materials in all vanadium redox flow batteries. The crystallinity and their bulk hetero element content (in particular nitrogen) of the carbon fibres was shown to produce a significant effect on the electrocatalytical properties of the electrodes towards vanadium species. Similar effects were seen on the capacity losses associated with concomitant hydrogen evolution. Adjustments of fibre properties offer the potential of manufacturing improved electrode materials, potentially without additional steps such as surface activation or decoration with catalytically active species.

  15. Damage detection in composite structures based on optical fibre strain sensing and finite element model updating

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    Nosenzo, G.; Dalton, T. [Stokes Research Inst., Univ. of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Whelan, M.P. [European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra (Italy)

    2003-07-01

    A prototype system for condition monitoring of composite structures is described that relies on the on-line measurement of dynamic strains in order to detect any deterioration in performance due to the accumulation of damage. Strain data from both long gauge and point optical fibre sensors are employed to update finite element models of the analysed structures. Together with Bragg grating point sensors, an innovative Fabry-Perot interferometric long gauge strain sensor is proposed. The cavity of these sensors consists of a pair of matched Bragg grating reflectors allowing a number of sensors of the desired length to be wavelength multiplexed on a single fibre, with the advantage of minimum intrusivity in composite materials while retaining sensing capability over the whole structure. A heterodyne based demodulation system, tailored for these sensors, has been employed. Gradient based optimisation algorithms have been utilised to update structural Finite Elements models based on the output from the fibre optic sensors and strain based modal analyses. These procedures were used to detect the location of areas with known modifications of the stiffness properties in composite structures and showed good results, as the damaged areas have been correctly located. The comparison with results obtained using more conventional updating techniques shows the validity of the dynamic strain data approach in the damage detection field. (orig.)

  16. Predicting the mechanical behaviour of carbon fibre reinforced silicon carbide with interlaminar manufacturing defects

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    Hofmann Severin; Koch Dietmar

    2015-01-01

    A finite element approach based on experimental material data is presented in order to compute the mechanical reliability of carbon fibre reinforced silicon carbide, C/C-SiC, taking interlaminar manufacturing defects into account. The approach is evaluated on sample scale by modelling the flexural behaviour of C/C-SiC samples containing delaminations after liquid silicon infiltration (LSI) processing. The non-destructive evaluation methods, determination of fracture mechanical input data and ...

  17. Chemical vapour deposition of very thin coatings on carbon fibre bundles

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    Stumm, T.; Fitzer, E.; Wahl, G

    1992-01-01

    The continuous deposition of thin coatings of refractory materials on carbon fibre rovings is considered as the impregnation of a endless cylinder with slit-like pores in the direction parallel with the cylinder axis. From such a model, the limits of process parameters for the simultaneous coating of all individual monofilaments are derived. In detail a correlation between the deposition parameters and the resulting layer thickness is discussed for a deposition with high and low conversion re...

  18. Plasma treatment of carbon fibres and glass-fibre-reinforced polyesters at atmospheric pressure for adhesion improvement

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    Kusano, Yukihiro; Løgstrup Andersen, Tom; Toftegaard, Helmuth Langmaack;

    2014-01-01

    plasma treatment improved fracture toughness, indicating that adhesion between the fibres and the epoxy was enhanced by the treatment. In addition, glass-fibre-reinforced polyester plates are treated using a gliding arc and an ultrasound enhanced dielectric barrier discharge, improving the wettability...

  19. Thermal Properties of Jute Nano Fibre Reinforced Composites

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    K. T. B . Padal, K. Ramji, V. V. S. Prasad

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Polymer based nanocomposites have been subject of investigation by the dispersion of jute nanofibres within epoxy polymer matrix. Thermal properties of a composite play a vital role in evaluating the product performance as well as predicting the processibility characteristics in polymers in specific applications. The thermal behaviour of the interface between nanofibres reinforcement have been studied by thermogravemetric analysis and Differential scanning calorimetry. The addition of nanofibres with different weight percentages has been (1wt.% to 5wt.% studied and compared with base composites. The thermal stability of nanocomposite is significantly improved due to incorporation of jute nanofibres. These nanofibre reinforcement between the matrix resin molecules offered some resistance towards the thermal degradation.

  20. New Plaster Composite with Mineral Wool Fibres from CDW Recycling

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    Sonia Romaniega Piñeiro

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the last decade the intense activity of the building sector has generated large quantities of construction and demolition waste (CDW. In particular, in Europe around 890 million tons of CDW is generated every year; however, only 50% of them are recycled. In Spain, over the last years 40 millions of tons of construction and demolition waste have been generated. On the other hand, since the implementation of the Technical Building Code regulation the use of mineral wools as building insulation materials has become a widespread solution in both rehabilitation and new construction works, and because of that, this kind of insulation waste is increasing. This research analyzes the potential of a new composite (gypsum and fiber waste including several mineral wools waste into a plaster matrix. For this purpose, an experimental plan, characterizing the physical and mechanical behaviour as well as the Shore C hardness of the new composite, was elaborated fulfilling UNE Standards.

  1. Gbit/s Data Transmission on Carbon Fibres

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    Flick, Tobias; Kappen, Götz C; Mättig, Peter; Möller, Judith; Sanny, Bernd

    2015-01-01

    Data transmission at the upgraded Large Hadron Collider experiments, foreseen for mid 2020s will be in the multi Gbit/s range per connection for the innermost detector layers. This paper reports on first tests on the possible use of carbon cables for electrical data transmission close to the interaction point. Carbon cables have the potential advantage of being light, having a low activation and easy integration into the detector components close to the interaction point. In these tests commercially available carbon cables were used, in which the filaments had a very thin nickel coating. For these cables data rates beyond 1 Gbit/s over more than 1m with an error rate of less than 10^{-12} could be transmitted. The characteristics of the cables have been measured in terms of S-parameters and could be reproduced with a Spice model. Some outlook on potential further improvements is presented.

  2. Self-healing of damage in fibre-reinforced polymer-matrix composites

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    Hayes, S.A; Zhang, W; Branthwaite, M; Jones, F R

    2007-01-01

    Self-healing resin systems have been discussed for over a decade and four different technologies had been proposed. However, little work on their application as composite matrices has been published although this was one of the stated aims of the earliest work in the field. This paper reports on the optimization of a solid-state self-healing resin system and its subsequent use as a matrix for high volume fraction glass fibre-reinforced composites. The resin system was optimized using Charpy i...

  3. Elastic properties of silica-silica continuous fibre-reinforced, ceramic matrix composites

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    Ambient and elevated temperature elastic properties of silica-silica ceramic fibre-reinforced, ceramic-matrix composites (silica-silica CFCCs), obtained using resonance beam technique, have been reported and discussed. The composite exhibits in-plane isotropy and through-thickness anisotropy in the elastic properties at ambient temperatures and increasing elastic moduli with increasing test temperature. The latter results are attributable to the change in the nature of atomic bonding of the silica material up to about 1173 K and further increase in moduli with temperature is due to the combined effects of devitrification and densification due to sintering

  4. Characterizing delamination of fibre composites by mixed mode cohesive laws

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    Sørensen, Bent F.; Jacobsen, Torben K.

    2009-01-01

    cohesive stresses were found to depend on both the normal and tangential crack opening displacements. The bridging laws, which are to be used together with a mode mixity dependent crack tip fracture energy, were found to possess relative low bridging stresses; the peak normal bridging stress was......A novel method is used for the determination of mixed mode cohesive laws and bridging laws for the characterisation of crack bridging in composites. The approach is based on an application of the J integral. The obtained cohesive laws were found to possess high peak stress values. Mixed mode...

  5. Chemical composition, dietary fibre, tannins and minerals of grain amaranth genotypes.

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    Mustafa, Arif F; Seguin, Philippe; Gélinas, Bruce

    2011-11-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the chemical composition of 28 white and coloured grain amaranth (Amaranthus spp.) genotypes. Neutral detergent fibre (NDF) concentration was greater while strach concentration was lower for coloured seeds genotypes than white seeds genotypes. Total dietary fibre followed a similar trend to that observed for NDF. Total tannin concentrations ranged between 20.7 and 0 g/kg with total and hydrolysed tannin concentrations being higher for white than for coloured seeds genotypes. Coloured seeds genotypes contained higher Mg and Ca concentrations than white seeds genotypes. However, seed colour had no influence on K, Na and P concentrations. Copper and Fe were the most variable micro-minerals in the evaluated genotypes with no significant effect of seed colour on the concentration of either mineral. PMID:21599462

  6. Diagnostics of low energy carbon fibre Z-pinch

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    Time-resolved pinhole x-ray cameras, soft and hard x-ray detectors, electron and ion collectors, and optical schlieren method have been used at investigations of a carbon z pinch. The z pinch discharge was produced by exploding an ultrathin carbon fiber (6 m in diameter) located between the tips of conical electrodes of a small (0.5 kJ) z-pinch device. Several pulses of soft x-ray radiation with energy of 0.5-1.5 keV were observed near the current maximum. Also the observed ion and electron signals demonstrate appearance of 2 - 3 separate pulses with a mean energy differing by about two orders of magnitude. Short (10-20 ns) strongly asymmetric XUV radiation pulses, with the axial intensity more than 100 times higher than the radial intensity, were observed during 100-300 ns after the breakdown. (J.U.). 5 figs., 2 refs

  7. Magnetic properties and microwave absorption properties of short carbon fibres coated by Ni–Fe alloy coatings

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    Ying Liu; Chengwen Qiang

    2015-12-01

    Ni–Fe alloy coatings were successfully prepared on carbon fibre (CF) surfaces bymeans of electroplating at 25°C for 560 s. The structures and morphologies of the composite were characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The coercivity () and saturation magnetization () of the Fe0.45Ni0.55/CF composites were 45.19 Oe and 1513.59 emu g−1, respectively. The reflectivity of Fe0.45Ni0.55/CF composites was less than −5 dB over the range of 1.1–5.4 GHz. The reflectivity of Fe0.45Ni0.55/CF composites was less than −10 dB over the range of 1.6–2.1 GHz. The lowest reflectivity of the Fe0.45Ni0.55/CF composites was −14.7 dB at 2.0 GHz and the corresponding thickness was 3.3 mm.

  8. Development of carbon composites cured by radiation

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  9. Impact of chemical treatments on the mechanical and water absorption properties of coconut fibre (Cocos nucifera reinforced polypropylene composites

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    Isiaka O. OLADELE

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, chemically treated coconut fibres were used to reinforce Homopolymer Polypropylene in order to ascertain the effect of the treatments on the mechanical and water absorption properties of the composites produced. Coconut fibre was first extracted from its husk by soaking it in water and was dried before it was cut into 10 mm lengths. It was then chemically treated in alkali solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH and potassium hydroxide (KOH in a shaker water bath. The treated coconut fibres were used as reinforcements in polypropylene matrix to produce composites of varied fibre weight contents; 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 wt.%. Tensile and flexural properties were investigated using universal testing machine while water absorption test was carried out on the samples for 7 days. It was observed from the results that, NaOH treated samples gave the best tensile properties while KOH treated samples gave the best flexural and water repellent properties.

  10. Carbon nanotube-chalcogenide composite

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    Stehlík, Š.; Orava, J.; Kohoutek, T.; Wágner, T.; Frumar, M.; Zima, Vítězslav; Hara, T.; Matsui, Y.; Ueda, K.; Pumera, M.

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    Roč. 183, č. 1 (2010), s. 144-149. ISSN 0022-4596 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/08/0208 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : carbon nanotubes * chalcogenide glasses * composites Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 2.261, year: 2010

  11. Particulate Filled Composite Plastic Materials from Recycled Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics

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    Aare ARUNIIT

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP scrap consisted of acrylic plastic with glass fibre reinforcement in polyester resin matrix was used in our experiments. The multi-functional DS-series disintegrator mills were used for mechanical processing of GFRP scrap. Preceding from the results characterization of the milled powder particles size, shape and other properties the numerical algorithm for modelling of the density of the new filler material was developed. The main goal of the current study is to develop new particulate filled composite plastic material from recycled GFRP scrap. With recovered plastic powder material the higher filler content in polyester resin matrix can be achieved. The new composite is modelled on basis of the properties of new material. Such an approach requires tests of the new material. The considered target characteristics of the new material are the tensile strength, elongation at break and the cost. The multicriteria optimization problem has been formulated and solved by use of physical programming techniques and Pareto optimality concept. The designed new composites were manufactured in different mixing ratios of powder and binder agent. The strength and stiffness properties of new composite material were tested. http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.3.593

  12. A review of optimization techniques used in the design of fibre composite structures for civil engineering applications

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    Highlights: → We reviewed existing optimization techniques of fibre composite structures. → Proposed an improved methodology for design optimization. → Comparison showed the MRDO is most suitable. -- Abstract: Fibre composite structures have become the most attractive candidate for civil engineering applications. Fibre reinforced plastic polymer (FRP) composite materials have been used in the rehabilitation and replacement of the old degrading traditional structures or build new structures. However, the lack of design standards for civil infrastructure limits their structural applications. The majority of the existing applications have been designed based on the research and guidelines provided by the fibre composite manufacturers or based on the designer's experience. It has been a tendency that the final structure is generally over-designed. This paper provides a review on the available studies related to the design optimization of fibre composite structures used in civil engineering such as; plate, beam, box beam, sandwich panel, bridge girder, and bridge deck. Various optimization methods are presented and compared. In addition, the importance of using the appropriate optimization technique is discussed. An improved methodology, which considering experimental testing, numerical modelling, and design constrains, is proposed in the paper for design optimization of composite structures.

  13. Development, production and failure and fracture analysis of carbon fibre cylinders collapsed by internal pressure

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    the two methods presented great similarities, indicating that the processing methods did not have any influence on the structural performance of the cylinders. A complete mechanical characterization of the matrix, of the carbon fiber and of the unidirectional composites was also made and it allowed, by means of structural analysis, to obtain important information about the behavior of the cylinders under the action of the hydrostatic load. Results of thermal analysis of the cylinders and the plates of unidirectional composites were obtained. The glass transition temperature of the matrix was found to be 92 deg C. The rich matrix volumes in the composite, represent regions between the layers or in the crossing of the fibers that were found to have irregular form. The voids in the spherical form are dispersed in the layers and they result from the elimination of volatile material in the components of the matrix. Microstructural analysis of the circumferential layers, showed that the composite developed in this study can be classified as a strong/fibre/matrix interface. (author)

  14. The reinforcement effect of polyethylene fibre and composite impregnated glass fibre on fracture resistance of endodontically treated teeth: An in vitro study

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    Archana Luthria

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the fracture resistance of endodontically treated maxillary premolars with wide mesio-occluso-distal (MOD cavities restored with either composite resin, or composite resin reinforced with different types of fibres. Materials and Methods: Fifty human maxillary premolars were selected. Five intact teeth served as positive controls. Endodontic therapy was carried out in the remaining forty-five teeth. Standardized MOD cavities were prepared in all the teeth. The teeth were restored with a nanocomposite using an incremental technique. These forty five teeth were randomly divided into three experimental groups (Group A, B and C (n = 15. The teeth in Group A did not undergo any further procedures. The teeth in Group B and C were reinforced with composite impregnated glass fibre and polyethylene fibre, respectively. Fracture resistance was measured in Newtons (N. Results: The positive controls showed the highest mean fracture resistance (811.90 N, followed by Group B (600.49N, Group A (516.96N and Group C (514.64N, respectively. One Way analysis of variance (ANOVA test revealed a statistically significant difference between all the groups (P = 0.001. Post-hoc Tukey test revealed a moderately significant difference (P = 0.034 between Control and Group B, and a strongly significant difference between Control and Group A (P = 0.002, and Control and Group C (P = 0.001. Conclusions: Endodontic therapy and MOD cavity preparation significantly reduced the fracture resistance of endodontically treated maxillary premolars (P = 0.001. No statistically significant difference was found between the experimental groups (Group A, B and C (P > 0.1. However, the fracture resistance of the composite impregnated glass fibre reinforced group was much higher than the others.

  15. In-situ monitoring of carbon dioxide emissions from a diesel engine using a mid-infrared optical fibre sensor

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    Lewis, Elfed; Clifford, John; Fitzpatrick, Colin; Dooly, Gerard; Zhao, Weizhong; Sun, Tong; Grattan, Ken; Lucas, James; Degner, Martin; Ewald, Hartmut; Lochmann, Steffan; Bramann, Gero; Merlone-Borla, Edoardo; Gili, Flavio

    2011-05-01

    A robust optical fibre based CO2 exhaust gas sensor operating in the mid infrared spectral range is described. It is capable of detecting on board carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from both diesel and petrol engines. The optical fibre sensor is not cross sensitive to other gaseous species in the exhaust such as water vapour (H2O), carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) or oxides of sulphur (SOx).The response of the sensor to carbon dioxide present in the exhaust of Fiat Croma diesel engine are presented.

  16. Age-hardening characteristics of δ-alumina fibre reinforced aluminium-silicon LM-13 alloy metal matrix composites

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    Akbulut, H; Durman, M.; F. Yilmaz

    1993-01-01

    Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) with an aluminium-silicon based LM-13 alloy and short-staple Saffil (δ-alumina) fibres with volume fractions of 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.30 have been produced using a pressure liquid infiltration process. The standard T6 heat treatment procedure was applied to both the unreinforced matrix alloy and the composites, and the effect of the fibres on the age-hardening characteristics of the composites has been investigated by means of hardness measurements.

  17. Mechanical testing and modelling of carbon-carbon composites for aircraft disc brakes

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    Bradley, Luke R.

    The objective of this study is to improve the understanding of the stress distributions and failure mechanisms experienced by carbon-carbon composite aircraft brake discs using finite element (FE) analyses. The project has been carried out in association with Dunlop Aerospace as an EPSRC CASE studentship. It therefore focuses on the carbon-carbon composite brake disc material produced by Dunlop Aerospace, although it is envisaged that the approach will have broader applications for modelling and mechanical testing of carbon-carbon composites in general. The disc brake material is a laminated carbon-carbon composite comprised of poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) derived carbon fibres in a chemical vapour infiltration (CVI) deposited matrix, in which the reinforcement is present in both continuous fibre and chopped fibre forms. To pave the way for the finite element analysis, a comprehensive study of the mechanical properties of the carbon-carbon composite material was carried out. This focused largely, but not entirely, on model composite materials formulated using structural elements of the disc brake material. The strengths and moduli of these materials were measured in tension, compression and shear in several orientations. It was found that the stress-strain behaviour of the materials were linear in directions where there was some continuous fibre reinforcement, but non-linear when this was not the case. In all orientations, some degree of non-linearity was observed in the shear stress-strain response of the materials. However, this non-linearity was generally not large enough to pose a problem for the estimation of elastic moduli. Evidence was found for negative Poisson's ratio behaviour in some orientations of the material in tension. Additionally, the through-thickness properties of the composite, including interlaminar shear strength, were shown to be positively related to bulk density. The in-plane properties were mostly unrelated to bulk density over the range of

  18. Computer simulation of creep damage at crack tip in short fibre composites

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    Shuangyin, Zhang; Tsai, L. W.

    1994-08-01

    Creep damage at crack tip in short fibre composites has been simulated by using the finite element method (FEM). The well-known Schapery non-linear viscoelastic constitutive relationship was used to characterize time-dependent behaviour of the material. A modified recurrence equation was adopted to accelerate the iteration. Kachanov-Rabotnov's damage evolution law was employed. The growth of the damage zone with time around the crack tip was calculated and the results were shown with the so-called “digit photo”, which was produced by the printer.

  19. Application of bridging-law concepts to short-fibre composites

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    Lindhagen, J.E.; Gamstedt, Kristofer; Berglund, L.A.

    2000-01-01

    This is the third paper in a series of four where notch sensitivity, fracture energy and bridging laws are studied in short-fibre polymer composites. Here, bridging laws are derived from experimental crack-opening profiles in centre-hole notched tensile specimens. The materials studied are three ...... stress is found to be higher than the uniaxial tensile strength. An outline of a failure criterion for notched specimens based on the crack-bridging approach is presented. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved....

  20. Thermogravimetric analysis of aluminised E-glass fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites

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    Ferreira, J. M.; Errajhi, O. A. Z.; Richardson, M.O.W

    2006-01-01

    Novel aluminised E-glass fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites, originally formulated for enhanced thermal and electrical shielding properties were evaluated in terms of their thermal performance. The thermal degradation of these specimens was analysed using a thermogravimetric analyser (TGA). The samples were heated from ambient temperature to 500 °C at a heating rate of 20 °C/min. All specimens were decomposed under dry nitrogen (N2) at a flow rate of 40 ml/min to yield gases an...

  1. Comportement en compression d'une fibre de carbone dans un composite modèle monofilamentaire : simulation des images observées en photoélasticité

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    Vigouroux, A.; Andrieux, M; Sixou, P.

    1996-01-01

    Based on a compressed single embedded fiber composite, constituted with a 7 μm or 49 μm fiber in an epoxy matrix, photoelasticity observables images are calculated. The microbuckling model, first developped by Lee and Harris [21] and then completed by Grandsire-Vinçon [14] (O.N.E.R.A.) is used. From it, it is possible to obtain the principal deformations, their difference as well as the principal directions. In addition to the active layer which contains the fiber microbuckling plane, some ad...

  2. Assessing the Environmental Impact of Flax Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composite from a Consequential Life Cycle Assessment Perspective

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    Yelin Deng

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The study implements the consequential life cycle assessment (CLCA to provide a market based perspective on how overall environmental impact will change when shifting glass fibres to flax fibres as reinforcements in composite fabrication. With certain assumptions, the marginal flax fibre supply is identified to be a combination of Chinese flax fibre (70% and French flax fibre (30%. Due to inferior cultivars and coal-fired electricity in Chinese flax cultivation, the CLCA study reveals that flax mat-PP has 0.8–2 times higher environmental impact values than the glass mat-PP in most environmental impact categories over the production and end-of-life (EoL phases. For purpose of providing potential trajectories of marginal flax fibre supply, additional scenarios: the “all French fibre”, and “all Chinese fibre” are evaluated formulating the lower and upper boundaries in terms of environmental impact change, respectively. A “the attributional fibre supply mix” scenario is supplied as well. All of these scenarios are useful for policy analysis.

  3. Chopped basalt fibres: A new perspective in reinforcing poly(lactic acid to produce injection moulded engineering composites from renewable and natural resources

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the reinforcing of Poly(lactic acid with chopped basalt fibres by using silane treated and untreated basalt fibres. Composite materials with 5–10–15–20–30–40 wt% basalt fibre contents were prepared from silane sized basalt fibres using extrusion, and injection moulding, while composites with 5–10–15 wt% basalt fibre contents were also prepared by using untreated basalt fibres as control. The properties of the injection moulded composites were extensively examined by using quasi-static (tensile, three-point bending and dynamic mechanical tests (notched and unnotched Charpy impact tests, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, heat deflection temperature (HDT analysis, dimensional stability test, as well as melt flow index (MFI analysis and scanning electron microscopic (SEM observations. It was found that silane treated chopped basalt fibres are much more effective in reinforcing Poly(lactic acid than natural fibres; although basalt fibres are not biodegradable but they are still considered as natural (can be found in nature in the form of volcanic rocks and biologically inert. It is demonstrated in this paper that by using basalt fibre reinforcement, a renewable and natural resource based composite can be produced by injection moulding with excellent mechanical properties suitable even for engineering applications. Finally it was shown that by using adequate drying of the materials, composites with higher mechanical properties can be achieved compared to literature data.

  4. RESIDUAL STRENGTH OF CHOPPED STRAND MAT GLASS FIBRE/EPOXY COMPOSITE STRUCTURES: EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE AND WATER ABSORPTION

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The residual strength of chopped strand mat glass fibre/epoxy composites following exposure to different hygrothermal conditions was investigated. All residual tests were carried out according to ASTM D 3479 and D 3039 on tension-tension fatigue with a frequency of 5 Hz, a stress ratio of R= 0.5and maximum stress σmax = 60 MPa. The residual strength curves were used to investigate the strength of chopped strand mat glass fibre/epoxy under the effect of temperature and the interactive environment of water absorption and temperature. The results showed that the chopped strand mat glass fibre/epoxy had high resistance toward tension-tension fatigue loading. However, the degradation of the tensile residual strength of chopped strand mat glass fibre/epoxy was significant with high water absorption at an elevated temperature.

  5. Finite element analysis of stress transfer in carbon nanotube reinforced magnesium matrix composites

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    Li, Sinian; Wang, Yang; Rümmeli, M. H.; Vlček, Jaroslav; Pištora, Jaromír; Lesňák, Michal

    2010-01-01

    A simplified finite element model was established to simulate deformation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) reinforcing magnesium matrix composites during the tensile test. The stress and strain of matrix and reinforcement agent and the effect of interface on mechanical behaviour of composites were specially studied. The simulation results showed that for uniformly distributed CNTs a stress concentration occurs from the fibre axis towards the interface. The simulations proved that the destruction of...

  6. On the elastic properties of carbon nanotube-based composites: modelling and characterization

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    2003-01-01

    The exceptional mechanical and physical properties observed for carbon nanotubes has stimulated the development of nanotube-based composite materials, but critical challenges exist before we can exploit these extraordinary nanoscale properties in a macroscopic composite. At the nanoscale, the structure of the carbon nanotube strongly influences the overall properties of the composite. The focus of this research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the structure/size influence of carbon nanotubes on the elastic properties of nanotube-based composites. Towards this end, the nanoscale structure and elastic properties of a model composite system of aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes embedded in a polystyrene matrix were characterized, and a micromechanical approach for modelling of short fibre composites was modified to account for the structure of the nanotube reinforcement to predict the elastic modulus of the nanocomposite as a function of the constituent properties, reinforcement geometry and nanot...

  7. Mechanical and thermal characterisation of poly (l-lactide) composites reinforced with hemp fibres

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    Shakoor, A.; Muhammad, R.; Thomas, N. L.; Silberschmidt, V. V.

    2013-07-01

    Polylactic acid (PLA) is the most promising in the bio-derived polymer's family. But its use can be constrained by its poor mechanical properties, poor thermal stability and processing difficulties. The objective of this research is to investigate and improve mechanical and dynamic thermal properties of PLA by developing PLA composites reinforced with natural fibres (hemp). Composites were prepared by melt blending of PLA with hemp fibres. Their properties were investigated using mechanical and dynamic thermal analysis. The elastic modulus increased significantly - from 4.1 ± 0.74 to 9.32 ± 0.86 (GPA) - when the weight fraction of hemp increased from 0 to 30(wt %). The storage modulus obtained by dynamic mechanical analysis increased from 2.20 to 4.58 (GPA) for the same change in the volume fraction of hemp. FE simulation of tensile testing and DMA were carried out to investigate the effect of strain rate and temperature on the observed properties respectively. The model was developed in the commercially available code MSC Marc mentate. The model validated all experimental results.

  8. Production of Ni-Cr-Ti-natural fibres composite and investigation of mechanical properties

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    Intermetallic materials such as Ni2Ti, Cr2Ti are among advanced technology materials that have outstanding mechanical and physical properties for high temperature applications. Especially creep resistance, low density and high hardness properties stand out in such intermetallics. The microstructure, mechanical properties of (%50Ni-%48Cr-%2Ti)-%10Naturel Fibres and (%64Ni-%32Cr-%4Ti)-%10Naturel Fibres powders were investigated using specimens produced by tube furnace sintering at 1000-1200-1400°C temperature. A composite consisting of ternary additions, a metallic phase, Ti,Cr and Ni have been prepared under Ar shroud and then tube furnace sintered. XRD, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), were investigated to characterize the properties of the specimens. Experimental results carried out for composition (%64Ni-%32Cr-%4Ti)-%10Naturel at 1400°C suggest that the best properties as 112.09HV and 5,422g/cm3 density were obtained at 1400°C

  9. Carbon fibre and nitinol needles for MRI-guided interventions: First in vitro and in vivo application

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    Thomas, Christoph, E-mail: Christoph.thomas@med.uni-tuebingen.de [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Wojtczyk, Hanne [Section of Experimental Radiology, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Rempp, Hansjoerg; Clasen, Stephan; Horger, Marius [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Lassberg, Christoph von [Department of Sports Medicine, University of Tuebingen, Silcherstrasse 5, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Fritz, Jan [Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 600 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287 (United States); Claussen, Claus D. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Pereira, Philippe L. [Department of Radiology, Minimally Invasive Therapies and Nuclearmedicine, SLK-Kliniken Heilbronn GmbH, Am Gesundbrunnen 20-26, 74078 Heilbronn (Germany)

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    Objective: To assess the artefact properties of a MR-compatible carbon fibre needle with a nitinol mandrin in vitro and to report first clinical experiences. Materials and methods: In vitro, the carbon fibre/nitinol needle was imaged at different angles against the main magnetic field (1.5 T open bore magnet). A gradient echo MR fluoroscopy sequence (GRE: TR 9.3 ms, TE 3.12 ms, bandwidth 200 Hz/pixel, flip-angle 12{sup o}) and a fast turbo spin echo sequence (FSE: TR 412 ms, TE 9.7 ms, bandwidth 200 Hz/pixel, flip-angle 150{sup o}) were used. Artefact width, needle intensity contrast and needle tip location errors were assessed. In vivo, lumbar periradicular corticosteroid injections and one sclerotherapy were performed with carbon fibre needles (10 procedures) and with titanium alloy needles (2 procedures). The artefact sizes and contrasts were measured. Results: In vitro, artefact diameters of the carbon fibre needle ranged from 3.3 to 4.6 mm, contrasts from 0.11 to 0.52, with larger artefact contrasts and widths with the GRE sequence. Needle tip location errors of -2.1 to -2.8 mm were observed. Decreasing angles to the main field lead to smaller artefacts. In vivo, the carbon fibre/nitinol needle produced smaller artefacts (mean width FSE/GRE: 2.8 mm/4.6 mm) with lower contrast (0.30-0.42) than the titanium alloy needle (mean width FSE/GRE: 4.1 mm/7.5 mm, contrast 0.60-0.73). Conclusions: The carbon fibre/nitinol needle is useful for performing MR-guided interventions at 1.5 T, producing more subtle artefacts than a titanium alloy needle, but with an incomplete depiction and thus inaccurate localization of the needle tip.

  10. N/sub 2/O formation from an NO-SO/sub 2/ gaseous-mixture over activated carbon fibres at 303 K

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    Imai, Jun; Ozeki, Sumio; Suzuki, Takaomi; Kaneko, Katsumi

    1989-06-01

    /alpha/-FeOOH-dispersed activated carbon fibres (ACFs) show good adsorption characteristics for NO and SO/sub 2/ near room temperature. Studies of the reaction and adsorption of NO and SO/sub 2/ from their gaseous mixture on activated carbon fibres at 303 K by i.r. spectroscopy showed the formation of N/sub 2/O. (author).

  11. Recycling solid residues recovered from glass fibre-reinforced composites – A review applied to wind turbine blade materials

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    Beauson, Justine; Lilholt, Hans; Brøndsted, Povl

    2014-01-01

    recovered glass fibre (GF) into new polymer composite. WT blades are mainly made of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) using thermosetting resins. Shredding this material and recovering GF are possible recycling solutions for WT blade. Based on a detailed literature review, the formulations of new...... face large amount of future wind turbine (WT) blades coming to EoL. Among the EoL solutions available for WT blades, i.e. reuse, remanufacturing, recycling, incineration or disposal, this literature review focuses on recycling and particularly the recycling of shredded composite (SC) materials and...

  12. Enhanced toughness and stable crack propagation in a novel tungsten fibre-reinforced tungsten composite produced by chemical vapour infiltration

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    Riesch, J.; Höschen, T.; Linsmeier, Ch; Wurster, S.; You, J.-H.

    2014-04-01

    Tungsten is a promising candidate for the plasma-facing components of a future fusion reactor, but its use is strongly restricted by its inherent brittleness. An innovative concept to overcome this problem is tungsten fibre-reinforced tungsten composite. In this paper we present the first mechanical test of such a composite material using a sample containing multiple fibres. The in situ fracture experiment was performed in a scanning electron microscope for close observation of the propagating crack. Stable crack propagation accompanied with rising load bearing capacity is observed. The fracture toughness is estimated using the test results and the surface observation.

  13. Fibre Optic Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring of Aircraft Composite Structures: Recent Advances and Applications.

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    Di Sante, Raffaella

    2015-01-01

    In-service structural health monitoring of composite aircraft structures plays a key role in the assessment of their performance and integrity. In recent years, Fibre Optic Sensors (FOS) have proved to be a potentially excellent technique for real-time in-situ monitoring of these structures due to their numerous advantages, such as immunity to electromagnetic interference, small size, light weight, durability, and high bandwidth, which allows a great number of sensors to operate in the same system, and the possibility to be integrated within the material. However, more effort is still needed to bring the technology to a fully mature readiness level. In this paper, recent research and applications in structural health monitoring of composite aircraft structures using FOS have been critically reviewed, considering both the multi-point and distributed sensing techniques. PMID:26263987

  14. Fibre Optic Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring of Aircraft Composite Structures: Recent Advances and Applications

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    Raffaella Di Sante

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In-service structural health monitoring of composite aircraft structures plays a key role in the assessment of their performance and integrity. In recent years, Fibre Optic Sensors (FOS have proved to be a potentially excellent technique for real-time in-situ monitoring of these structures due to their numerous advantages, such as immunity to electromagnetic interference, small size, light weight, durability, and high bandwidth, which allows a great number of sensors to operate in the same system, and the possibility to be integrated within the material. However, more effort is still needed to bring the technology to a fully mature readiness level. In this paper, recent research and applications in structural health monitoring of composite aircraft structures using FOS have been critically reviewed, considering both the multi-point and distributed sensing techniques.

  15. Atmospheric pressure plasma treatment of glass fibre composite for adhesion improvement

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    Kusano, Yukihiro; Mortensen, H.; Stenum, Bjarne;

    2007-01-01

    treated for more than 30 s. X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis showed that the contents of aluminium and oxygen on the surface increased with the plasma treatment. The adhesion strength of the 2-s treated surface was comparable to or higher than that achieved by conventional mechanical surface......Glass-fibre-reinforced polyester composite plates were treated with an atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge. Synthetic air was used as the treatment gas. The water contact angle dropped markedly from 84 to 22° after a 2-s treatment, and decreased to 0° when the composite plates were...... roughening. It decreased when the surfaces were treated for 5 and 15 s, but recovered for 30-s treatment....

  16. Epoxy Enhanced by Recycled Milled Carbon Fibres in Adhesively-Bonded CFRP for Structural Strengthening

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    Chao Wu

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the mechanical performance and electrical resistivity of a structural adhesive epoxy enhanced using milled carbon fibre (MCF as well as the bond performance of carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP and steel adhesively bonded joints using the enhanced epoxy. The epoxy was enhanced using such MCFs with different weight ratios of 1.5%, 3% and 5%. Tensile experiments were performed on the original and enhanced epoxy specimens according to ASTM D638. More ductile process failure was found for the epoxy after modification and significant improvements of E-modulus and tensile strength were evidenced when the MCF weight ratio was larger than 1.5%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM revealed that the failure mechanism of short MCFs pulled out from the epoxy matrix contributed to the enhancement of the mechanical performance of the epoxy. The electrical resistivity of the epoxy with MCF weight ratio of 5% was reduced by at least four orders of magnitude compared to the original epoxy, due to the conductive network formed by MCFs. Steel/CFRP double strap joints (with either CFRP sheets or CFRP laminates were prepared using the enhanced epoxy and then tested in tension, however no obvious increase in joint stiffness or strength was observed.

  17. Development of Activated Carbon from Cotton Fibre Waste as Potential Mercury Adsorbent: Kinetic and Equilibrium Studies

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    Jatindra N. Bhakta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study attempted to develop the activated carbon of cotton fibre (ACCF from cotton waste as a high Hg2+ adsorbent media and characterize physicochemical properties using scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS and Hg2+ adsorption kinetic by batch adsorption study with the function of contact time, solution pH, dosages of ACCF, and Hg concentration. The SEM-EDS study revealed that ACCF is composed of carbon (95.1% and phosphorus pentoxide (4.9%. Obtained results of adsorption kinetics showed that 15 min of contact time is required to achieve the equilibrium state and wide range of pH (4.08–7 is favourable for maximum Hg adsorption. The Hg2+ adsorption capacity showed a decreasing trend with increasing dose of ACCF, whereas a reverse response of adsorption capacity was pronounced with increasing Hg concentration. The data was well described by Freundlich isotherm model and determined the high Hg2+ adsorption capacity of ACCF (169.2 mg/g. To our knowledge, the application of ACCF in removing Hg2+ is the first study. High Hg2+ adsorption capacity, economic feasibility, availability of cotton fibre waste, and simple preparation method concluded that it could be used as a novel low-cost and environmentally sound adsorbent media for removing high rate of Hg2+ from aqueous phase.

  18. Chemical resistance, void content and tensile properties of oil palm/jute fibre reinforced polymer hybrid composites

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    Tri layer hybrid composites of oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) and jute fibres was prepared by keeping oil palm EFB as skin material and jute as the core material and vice versa. The chemical resistance, void content and tensile properties of oil palm EFB/Jute composites was investigated with reference to the relative weight of oil palm EFB/Jute, i.e. 4:1, the fibre loading was optimized and different layering pattern were investigated. It is found from the chemical resistance test that all the composites are resistant to various chemicals. It was observed that marked reduction in void content of hybrid composites in different layering pattern. From the different layering pattern, the tensile properties were slightly higher for the composite having jute as skin and oil palm EFB as core material. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to study tensile fracture surfaces of different composites.

  19. Modelling the influence of steel fibres on the electrical resistivity of cementitious composites

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    Solgaard, Anders Ole Stubbe; Michel, Alexander; Stang, Henrik; Geiker, Mette Rica; Küter, André; Edvardsen, Carola

    2009-01-01

    One of the governing factors on the corrosion of embedded reinforcement is the electrical resistivity of the concrete. The combination of steel fibres and conventional reinforcement bars has been used in a number of structures. However, the addition of electrical con-ductive fibres might influence...... resistivity of steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC). The parameters investigated in the following are the fibre geometry, the fibre volume and the transitional resistance. On basis of the experimental results, a model, taking the resistivity of the fibres and the concrete matrix into account is proposed....

  20. A Progressive Damage Model for unidirectional Fibre Reinforced Composites with Application to Impact and Penetration Simulation

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    Kerschbaum, M.; Hopmann, C.

    2016-01-01

    The computationally efficient simulation of the progressive damage behaviour of continuous fibre reinforced plastics is still a challenging task with currently available computer aided engineering methods. This paper presents an original approach for an energy based continuum damage model which accounts for stress-/strain nonlinearities, transverse and shear stress interaction phenomena, quasi-plastic shear strain components, strain rate effects, regularised damage evolution and consideration of load reversal effects. The physically based modelling approach enables experimental determination of all parameters on ply level to avoid expensive inverse analysis procedures. The modelling strategy, implementation and verification of this model using commercially available explicit finite element software are detailed. The model is then applied to simulate the impact and penetration of carbon fibre reinforced cross-ply specimens with variation of the impact speed. The simulation results show that the presented approach enables a good representation of the force-/displacement curves and especially well agreement with the experimentally observed fracture patterns. In addition, the mesh dependency of the results were assessed for one impact case showing only very little change of the simulation results which emphasises the general applicability of the presented method.

  1. A Progressive Damage Model for unidirectional Fibre Reinforced Composites with Application to Impact and Penetration Simulation

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    Kerschbaum, M.; Hopmann, C.

    2016-06-01

    The computationally efficient simulation of the progressive damage behaviour of continuous fibre reinforced plastics is still a challenging task with currently available computer aided engineering methods. This paper presents an original approach for an energy based continuum damage model which accounts for stress-/strain nonlinearities, transverse and shear stress interaction phenomena, quasi-plastic shear strain components, strain rate effects, regularised damage evolution and consideration of load reversal effects. The physically based modelling approach enables experimental determination of all parameters on ply level to avoid expensive inverse analysis procedures. The modelling strategy, implementation and verification of this model using commercially available explicit finite element software are detailed. The model is then applied to simulate the impact and penetration of carbon fibre reinforced cross-ply specimens with variation of the impact speed. The simulation results show that the presented approach enables a good representation of the force-/displacement curves and especially well agreement with the experimentally observed fracture patterns. In addition, the mesh dependency of the results were assessed for one impact case showing only very little change of the simulation results which emphasises the general applicability of the presented method.

  2. Hydrogel–fibre composites with independent control over cell adhesion to gel and fibres as an integral approach towards a biomimetic artificial ECM

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    In the body, cells are surrounded by an interconnected mesh of insoluble, bioactive protein fibres to which they adhere in a well-controlled manner, embedded in a hydrogel-like highly hydrated matrix. True morphological and biochemical mimicry of this so-called extracellular matrix (ECM) remains a challenge but appears decisive for a successful design of biomimetic three-dimensional in vitro cell culture systems. Herein, an approach is presented which describes the fabrication and in vitro assessment of an artificial ECM which contains two major components, i.e. specifically biofunctionalized fibres and a semi-synthetic hyaluronic acid-based hydrogel, which allows control over cell adhesion towards both components. As proof of principle for the control of cell adhesion, RGD as well-known cell adhesive cue and the control sequence RGE are immobilized in the system. In vitro studies with primary human dermal fibroblasts were conducted to evaluate the specificity of cell adhesion and the potential of the composite system to support cell growth. Finally, one possible application example for guided cell growth is shown by the use of oriented fibres in a hydrogel matrix. (paper)

  3. Carbon felt supported carbon nanotubes catalysts composite electrode for vanadium redox flow battery application

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    Wei, Guanjie; Jia, Chuankun; Liu, Jianguo; Yan, Chuanwei

    2012-12-01

    A modified electrode for vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) has been developed in this paper. The electrode is based on a traditional carbon felt (CF) grafted with the short-carboxylic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The microstructure and electrochemical property of the modified electrode as well as the performance of the VRFB single cell with it have been characterized. The results show that the MWCNTs are evenly dispersed and adhere to the surface of carbon fibres in the CF. The electrochemical activities of the modified CF electrode have been improved dramatically and the reversibility of the VO2+/VO2+ and V3+/V2+ redox couples increased greatly. The VRFB single cell with the modified CF exhibits higher coulombic efficiency (93.9%) and energy efficiency (82.0%) than that with the pristine CF. The SEM analysis shows that the MWCNTs still cohere with carbon fibres after charge and discharge test, indicating the stability of the MWCNTs in flowing electrolyte. Therefore, the composite electrode presents considerable potential for the commercial application of CF in VRFB.

  4. Assessment of microcapsule—catalyst particles healing system in high performance fibre reinforced polymer composite

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    Bolimowski, P. A.; Wass, D. F.; Bond, I. P.

    2016-08-01

    Autonomous self-healing in carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) is demonstrated using epoxy resin filled microcapsules and a solid-state catalyst. Microcapsules filled with oligomeric epoxy resin (20–450 μm) and particles of Sc(OTf)3 are embedded in an interleave region of a unidirectional CFRP laminate and tested under mode I loading. Double cantilever beam (DCB) test specimens containing variable concentrations of microcapsules and catalyst were prepared, tested and compared to those healed by manual injection with corresponding healing resin formulation. The healing efficiency was evaluated by comparing the maximum peak load recorded on load–displacement curves for pristine and healed specimens. A 44% maximum recovery was observed for specimens containing 10 wt% of solid phase catalyst and 11 wt% of epoxy microcapsules. However, a significant (80%) decrease in initial strain energy release rate (G IC) was observed for specimens with the embedded healing chemistries.

  5. A comprehensive characterisation of the fibre composition and properties of a limb (Flexor digitorum superficialis, membri thoraci and a trunk (Psoas major muscle in cattle

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    Rueda Julia

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The fibre type attributes and the relationships among their properties play an important role in the differences in muscle capabilities and features. Comprehensive characterisation of the skeletal muscles should study the degree of association between them and their involvement in muscle functionality. The purposes of the present study were to characterise the fibre type composition of a trunk (Psoas major, PM and a limb (Flexor digitorum, membri thoraci, FD muscle in the bovine species and to study the degree of coordination among contractile, metabolic and histological properties of fibre types. Immunohistochemical, histochemical and histological techniques were used. Results The fibre type composition was delineated immunohistochemically in calf muscle samples, identifying three pure (I, IIA, and IIX and two hybrid type fibres (I+IIA, and IIAX. Most of the fibres in FD were types I and IIA, while pure IIX were absent. All fibre types were found in PM, the IIX type being the most frequent. Compared to other species, small populations of hybrid fibres were detected. The five fibre types, previously identified, were ascribed to three different acid and alkaline mATPase activity patterns. Type I fibres had the highest oxidative capacity and the lowest glycolytic capacity. The reverse was true for the IIX fibres, whereas the type IIA fibres showed intermediate properties. Regarding the histological properties, type I fibres tended to be more capillarised than the II types. Correlations among contractile, metabolic and histological features on individual fibres were significantly different from zero (r values varied between -0.31 and 0.78. Hybrid fibre values were positioned between their corresponding pure types, and their positions were different regarding their metabolic and contractile properties. Conclusion Coordination among the contractile, metabolic and histological properties of fibres has been observed. However, the

  6. Can carbon fibres work as tool electrodes in micro electrical discharge machining?

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    Trych-Wildner, Anna; Kudla, Leszek

    2016-07-01

    This paper presents a basic study of the possible application of carbon fibres as tool electrodes in micro electrical discharge machining. The purpose of the experiments with this novel material was to gain knowledge about the operation of the new tool electrode. In the paper, the procedure for adapting a single fibre to such a function is described, with detailed steps on preparing the shanks essential for the mounting operation in the experimental setup. The design setup is also presented and the experimental conditions of each test are shown. Furthermore, tests with the prepared electrodes concerning the general observations of the process and the results on the machined surface and on the tool are presented. The shape cavity fabrication and tests with the reverse polarity of the electrodes are also introduced. Next, the influence of single discharge energy is considered and the geometry of the obtained microholes is discussed. Detailed data about the wear of the tool, which can be up to 90% of the entire eroded material, in comparison with the material removal rate from the workpiece, which can be at a level of 10%, is gathered. Then, the geometrical analysis of the cavities is described showing that their depths are in the range of a few micrometres.

  7. Three-dimensional porous hollow fibre copper electrodes for efficient and high-rate electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction

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    Kas, Recep; Hummadi, Khalid Khazzal; Kortlever, Ruud; Wit, de Patrick; Milbrat, Alexander; Luiten-Olieman, Mieke W.J.; Benes, Nieck E.; Koper, Marc T.M.; Mul, Guido

    2016-01-01

    Aqueous-phase electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide requires an active, earth-abundant electrocatalyst, as well as highly efficient mass transport. Here we report the design of a porous hollow fibre copper electrode with a compact three-dimensional geometry, which provides a large area, three-

  8. Optimization of microwire/glass-fibre reinforced polymer composites for wind turbine application

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    Qin, F. X.; Peng, H. X.; Chen, Z.; Wang, H.; Zhang, J. W.; Hilton, G.

    2013-11-01

    We here report a comprehensive study of glass-fibre reinforced polymers (GFRP) incorporating ferromagnetic microwires for microwave absorption applications. With wire addition, a remarkable dependence of microwave absorption performance appears on the local properties of wires such as wire geometry and the mesostructure such as inter-wire spacing, as well as the embedded depth of the wires layer. The impact testing further demonstrates that the metallic microwires can to some extent improve the impact performance. Based on both the absorption and impact behavior, we propose an optimized design of the microwire/GFRP composites to achieve simultaneous best possible absorption and impact performance for multifunctional applications in aeronautical structures and wind turbines.

  9. Crack growth in glass matrix composite reinforced by long SiC fibres

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    Kotoul, M.; Vysloužil, T.; Boccaccini, A. R.; Dlouhý, Ivo

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 49, č. 2 (2008), s. 158-170. ISSN 0167-8442 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA101/05/0320; GA ČR(CZ) GA106/05/0495; GA ČR(CZ) GA106/06/0724 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : brittle matrix composites * SiC fibres * Chevron-notch specimen * crack bridging * R-curve modelling * Weight functions Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 1.011, year: 2008 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V55-4R8MDGM-1&_user=625109&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000031719&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=625109&md5=a4cd27b71f0d9e50e49f28aa2e8a71ff

  10. Study on Sound Absorption Properties of Coconut Coir Fibre Reinforced Composite with Added Recycled Rubber

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    S. Mahzan

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Sound pollutions have become worsen and creating concerns for many peoples. Conventionally, expensive sound absorption materials are employed to control noise disturbances. However, recent developments on natural fibres have created interest for researchers especially for acoustics application purposes. This paper investigates the viability of coconut coir added with recycled rubber to be implemented as sound absorption panel. The composite is constructed at prescribed percentages of fillers and polyurethane as resin. The two-microphone method was applied to obtain the acoustic properties of the samples. The samples were also tested for physical properties such as density and porosity, as well as the microstructures. The results demonstrate good acoustics performances and highlight the potential of the coconut coir reinforced with recycled rubber as the sound absorption panel.

  11. Preparation and properties of unidirectional boron nitride fibre reinforced boron nitride matrix composites via precursor infiltration and pyrolysis route

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    Highlights: → BN fibres degrade little when exposed at elevated temperatures. → Precursor infiltration and pyrolysis route is useful to prepare BNf/BN composites. → Few reports have related to the preparation and properties of BNf/BN composites. → BNf/BN composites have desirable high-temperature mechanical properties. → BNf/BN composites have excellent dielectric properties at 2-18 GHz. - Abstract: The unidirectional boron nitride fibre reinforced boron nitride matrix (BNf/BN) composites were prepared via the precursor infiltration and pyrolysis (PIP) route, and the structure, composition, mechanical and dielectric properties were studied. The composites have a high content and fine crystallinity of BN. The density is 1.60 g cm-3 with a low open porosity of 4.66%. The composites display good mechanical properties with the average flexural strength, elastic modulus and fracture toughness being 53.8 MPa, 20.8 GPa and 6.88 MPa m1/2, respectively. Lots of long fibres pull-out from the fracture surface, suggesting a good fibre/matrix interface. As temperature increases, both of the flexural strength and elastic modulus exhibit a decreasing trend, with the lowest values being 36.2 MPa and 8.6 GPa at 1000 deg. C, respectively. The desirable residual ratios of the flexural strength and elastic modulus at 1000 deg. C are 67.3% and 41.3%, respectively. The composites have excellent dielectric properties, with the average dielectric constant and loss tangent being 3.07 and 0.0044 at 2-18 GHz, respectively.

  12. Nylon 6,6 electrospun fibres reinforced by amino functionalised 1D and 2D carbon

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    Nylon 6,6 electrospun nanocomposites were prepared and reinforced with 0.1, 0.5 and 1wt.% of 1D and 2D carbon. Both carbon nanotubes and graphene were functionalised with amino groups (f-CNT and f-Ge respectively). The morphology and graphitization changes of carbon nanomaterials were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy; functional groups of modified nanomaterials was analysed by infrared spectroscopy. The mechanical response and the crystallinity of the fibres were measured by dynamical mechanical analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and wide angle x-ray diffraction. The morphology and dispersion of the nanomaterials in the nanofibres was studied by scanning electron microscopy and TEM. The storage modulus was improved by 118% for f-CNT and 116% for f-Ge. The mechanical response of the nanocomposites exhibited different behaviour upon loading of 1D and 2D carbon. This trend is consistent with the crystallinity of the nanofibres. This study showed f-CNT resulted in better mechanical properties at the lowest loading. On the other hand f-Ge showed improved reinforcing effect by increasing the filler loading. The two-dimensional structure of graphene was an important factor for the higher crystallinity in the electrospun nanofibres.

  13. Hybrid Composites Based on Carbon Fiber/Carbon Nanofilament Reinforcement

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    Mehran Tehrani; Ayoub Yari Boroujeni; Claudia Luhrs; Jonathan Phillips; Al-Haik, Marwan S.

    2014-01-01

    Carbon nanofilament and nanotubes (CNTs) have shown promise for enhancing the mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced composites (FRPs) and imparting multi-functionalities to them. While direct mixing of carbon nanofilaments with the polymer matrix in FRPs has several drawbacks, a high volume of uniform nanofilaments can be directly grown on fiber surfaces prior to composite fabrication. This study demonstrates the ability to create carbon nanofilaments on the surface of carbon fibers emplo...

  14. RESIDUAL STRENGTH OF CHOPPED STRAND MAT GLASS FIBRE/EPOXY COMPOSITE STRUCTURES: EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE AND WATER ABSORPTION

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    Rahman, M M; F. Tarlochan; K. J. T. Jeffrey

    2011-01-01

    The residual strength of chopped strand mat glass fibre/epoxy composites following exposure to different hygrothermal conditions was investigated. All residual tests were carried out according to ASTM D 3479 and D 3039 on tension-tension fatigue with a frequency of 5 Hz, a stress ratio of R= 0.5and maximum stress σmax = 60 MPa. The residual strength curves were used to investigate the strength of chopped strand mat glass fibre/epoxy under the effect of temperature and the interactive environm...

  15. Natural composites: Strength, packing ability and moisture sorption of cellulose fibres, and the related performance of composites

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    Lilholt, Hans; Madsen, Bo

    2012-01-01

    Biobased materials are becoming of increasing interest as potential structural materials for the future. A useful concept in this context is the fibre reinforcement of materials by stiff and strong fibres. The bio-resources can contribute with cellulose fibres and (bio) polymers from hemicelluloses...

  16. Method for fabricating composite carbon foam

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    Mayer, Steven T. (San Leandro, CA); Pekala, Richard W. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Kaschmitter, James L. (Pleasanton, CA)

    2001-01-01

    Carbon aerogels used as a binder for granularized materials, including other forms of carbon and metal additives, are cast onto carbon or metal fiber substrates to form composite carbon thin film sheets. The thin film sheets are utilized in electrochemical energy storage applications, such as electrochemical double layer capacitors (aerocapacitors), lithium based battery insertion electrodes, fuel cell electrodes, and electrocapacitive deionization electrodes. The composite carbon foam may be formed by prior known processes, but with the solid particles being added during the liquid phase of the process, i.e. prior to gelation. The other forms of carbon may include carbon microspheres, carbon powder, carbon aerogel powder or particles, graphite carbons. Metal and/or carbon fibers may be added for increased conductivity. The choice of materials and fibers will depend on the electrolyte used and the relative trade off of system resistivity and power to system energy.

  17. Capacitor with a composite carbon foam electrode

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    Mayer, S.T.; Pekala, R.W.; Kaschmitter, J.L.

    1999-04-27

    Carbon aerogels used as a binder for granularized materials, including other forms of carbon and metal additives, are cast onto carbon or metal fiber substrates to form composite carbon thin film sheets. The thin film sheets are utilized in electrochemical energy storage applications, such as electrochemical double layer capacitors (aerocapacitors), lithium based battery insertion electrodes, fuel cell electrodes, and electrocapacitive deionization electrodes. The composite carbon foam may be formed by prior known processes, but with the solid particles being added during the liquid phase of the process, i.e. prior to gelation. The other forms of carbon may include carbon microspheres, carbon powder, carbon aerogel powder or particles, graphite carbons. Metal and/or carbon fibers may be added for increased conductivity. The choice of materials and fibers will depend on the electrolyte used and the relative trade off of system resistivity and power to system energy. 1 fig.

  18. Capacitor with a composite carbon foam electrode

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    Mayer, Steven T. (San Leandro, CA); Pekala, Richard W. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Kaschmitter, James L. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1999-01-01

    Carbon aerogels used as a binder for granularized materials, including other forms of carbon and metal additives, are cast onto carbon or metal fiber substrates to form composite carbon thin film sheets. The thin film sheets are utilized in electrochemical energy storage applications, such as electrochemical double layer capacitors (aerocapacitors), lithium based battery insertion electrodes, fuel cell electrodes, and electrocapacitive deionization electrodes. The composite carbon foam may be formed by prior known processes, but with the solid partides being added during the liquid phase of the process, i.e. prior to gelation. The other forms of carbon may include carbon microspheres, carbon powder, carbon aerogel powder or particles, graphite carbons. Metal and/or carbon fibers may be added for increased conductivity. The choice of materials and fibers will depend on the electrolyte used and the relative trade off of system resistivity and power to system energy.

  19. Cutting forces in ultrasonically assisted drilling of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics

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    Makhdum, Farrukh; Jennings, Luke T.; Roy, Anish; Silberschmidt, Vadim V.

    2012-08-01

    Ultrasonically assisted drilling (UAD) is a non-traditional hybrid machining process, which combines features of conventional drilling and vibratory machining techniques to obtain remarkable improvements in machinability of advanced materials. The experiments are conducted on commercially available samples of a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) at a feed rate of 16 mm/min. In this study, a thrust force reduction in excess of 60% is observed in UAD when compared to conventional drilling (CD). Lower delamination was observed when compared to CD techniques. Optical microscopy revealed that the material is removed as a continuous chip in UAD whereas in case of CD we observe powdered dust. Light and scanning electron microscopy of CFRP chips obtained in drilling elucidate fundamental differences in the underlying machining processes in UAD of CFRP.

  20. Cutting forces in ultrasonically assisted drilling of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics

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    Ultrasonically assisted drilling (UAD) is a non-traditional hybrid machining process, which combines features of conventional drilling and vibratory machining techniques to obtain remarkable improvements in machinability of advanced materials. The experiments are conducted on commercially available samples of a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) at a feed rate of 16 mm/min. In this study, a thrust force reduction in excess of 60% is observed in UAD when compared to conventional drilling (CD). Lower delamination was observed when compared to CD techniques. Optical microscopy revealed that the material is removed as a continuous chip in UAD whereas in case of CD we observe powdered dust. Light and scanning electron microscopy of CFRP chips obtained in drilling elucidate fundamental differences in the underlying machining processes in UAD of CFRP.

  1. Predicting the mechanical behaviour of carbon fibre reinforced silicon carbide with interlaminar manufacturing defects

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    Hofmann Severin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A finite element approach based on experimental material data is presented in order to compute the mechanical reliability of carbon fibre reinforced silicon carbide, C/C-SiC, taking interlaminar manufacturing defects into account. The approach is evaluated on sample scale by modelling the flexural behaviour of C/C-SiC samples containing delaminations after liquid silicon infiltration (LSI processing. The non-destructive evaluation methods, determination of fracture mechanical input data and the numerical cohesive zone approach are described. The numerical predictions of flexural stiffness and strength of samples with and without interlaminar defects were validated by bending tests of the respective samples. The difference between tensile and bending behaviour is explained by FE modelling for this group of CMC materials.

  2. Three-dimensional porous hollow fibre copper electrodes for efficient and high-rate electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction

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    Kas, Recep; Hummadi, Khalid Khazzal; Kortlever, Ruud; de Wit, Patrick; Milbrat, Alexander; Luiten-Olieman, Mieke W.J.; Benes, Nieck E; Koper, Marc T. M.; Mul, Guido

    2016-01-01

    Aqueous-phase electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide requires an active, earth-abundant electrocatalyst, as well as highly efficient mass transport. Here we report the design of a porous hollow fibre copper electrode with a compact three-dimensional geometry, which provides a large area, three-phase boundary for gas–liquid reactions. The performance of the copper electrode is significantly enhanced; at overpotentials between 200 and 400 mV, faradaic efficiencies for carbon dioxide reduct...

  3. Effect of pMDI isocyanate additive on mechanical and thermal properties of Kenaf fibre reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane composites

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    Y A El-Shekeil; S M Sapuan; K Abdan; E S Zainudin; O M Al-Shuja’a

    2012-12-01

    The effect of polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI) on mechanical and thermal properties of Kenaf fibre (KF) reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) composites was studied. Various percentages viz. 2%, 4% and 6%, were studied. The composites were characterized by using tensile testing, thermogravimetric analysis (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). It was noticed that the addition of pMDI 2%, 4%and 6% did not induce a better tensile nor thermal properties.

  4. Constitutive law describing the strength degradation kinetics of fibre-reinforced composites subjected to constant amplitude cyclic loading

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    D'Amore, Alberto; Grassia, Luigi

    2016-02-01

    A two-parameter model based on strength degradation was developed and its predictive reliability was checked on a series of fatigue life and residual strength data available in the literature. The modelling approach explicitly accounts for the maximum cyclic stress, σ_{max}, and the stress ratio, R= σ_{min} /σ_{max}, and requires a limited number of experimental fatigue life data to predict the cycle-by-cycle strength degradation kinetics until the "sudden drop" of strength before catastrophic failure. Different loading conditions were analysed for a large variety of composites, including short-glass-fibre-reinforced polycarbonate, [±45]S glass/epoxy laminates, [±35]_{2S} graphite/epoxy laminates, AS4 carbon/epoxy 3k/E7K8 plain weave fabric with [45/-45/90/45/-45/45/-45/0/45/-45]S layup, and [CSM/fabric/(CSM/UD)2]S glass/polyester laminate. The modelling approach indicates that the fatigue life and the residual strength are related to the statistical distribution of the static strength.

  5. Carbon nanostructure composite for electromagnetic interference shielding

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    Anupama Joshi; Suwarna Datar

    2015-06-01

    This communication reviews current developments in carbon nanostructure-based composite materials for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. With more and more electronic gadgets being used at different frequencies, there is a need for shielding them from one another to avoid interference. Conventionally, metal-based shielding materials have been used. But due to the requirement of light weight, corrosion resistive materials, lot of work is being done on composite materials. In this research the forerunner is the nanocarbon-based composite material whose different forms add different characteristics to the composite. The article focusses on composites based on graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes, and several other novel forms of carbon.

  6. An Experimental and Numerical Study of Low Velocity Impact of Unsaturated Polyester/Glass Fibre Composite

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    Sanita ZIKE

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper validation of experimental and numerical results of low-velocity impact tests of unsaturated polyester/glass fibre composite laminate has been carried out. Impact response of composite laminates was experimentally studied with drop-tower Instron 9250HV determining impact force, energy absorption and deflection. In addition, quasi-static testing equipment Zwick Z100 has been used to determine material mechanical properties to ensure good input data for numerical predictions. Numerical model has been created with the finite element commercial code ANSYS/LS-DYNA to simulate impact response of composite laminate. Also non-destructive ultrasonic B- and C- scan imagining with USPC 3010 system has been used to identify the deformation regions in the specimens and compare to simulation results. During the impact test all samples were perforated, showing brittle response followed by matrix cracking and delamination. Overall good agreement between experimental and simulation results was achieved, comparing impact characterizing parameters as load, energy and deflection. Discrepancy has been observed between ultrasonic scanning and simulation code ANSYS/LS-DYNA results of rupture and delamination. Simulation shows less uniform and larger deformation than it was experimentally observed.http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.4.773

  7. A composite-appropriate integration method of thick functional components in fibre-reinforced plastics

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    Filippatos, A.; Höhne, R.; Kliem, M.; Gude, M.

    2016-03-01

    The use of integrated structural health monitoring systems for critical composite parts, such as wind turbine blades, fuselage and wing parts, is an promising approach to guarantee a safe and efficient operational lifetime of such components. Therefore, the integration of thick functional components like sensors, actuators and electronic components is often necessary. An optimal integration of such components should be ensured without material imperfections in the composite structure, i.e. voids and resin rich areas, and failure of the functional components. In this paper, first investigations were undertaken for a basic understanding of the mechanical performance of a fibre reinforced plastic component with integrated functional elements. The influence of different materials and treatment methods for the encapsulation of electronic components was experimentally investigated under static and dynamic loading tests. By means of a parametric finite element model, the effects of an encapsulation and various parameters such as the shape and orientation of the electronic components were examined. Several encapsulation variants were investigated in order to minimise the chance of failure initiations. Based both on experimental and numerical results, a preferred composite integration concept was selected for an electronic board and some first recommendations for an optimal integration were derived.

  8. Three-body abrasion on wear and frictional performance of treated betelnut fibre reinforced epoxy (T-BFRE) composite

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    This work aims to investigate the wear and frictional behaviour of a new epoxy composite based on treated betelnut fibres subjected to three-body abrasion using different abrasive particle sizes (500 μm, 714 μm and 1430 μm) and sliding velocities (0.026-0.115 m s-1) at constant applied load (5 N) using a newly developed Linear Tribo Machine. The worn surfaces of the composite were studied using scanning electron microscope. The work revealed that the predominant wear mechanism of treated betelnut fibre reinforced epoxy (T-BFRE) composite sliding against grain sands was plastic deformation, pitting and pullout of betelnut fibres. The composite exhibited higher values in frictional coefficient when it was subjected against coarse sand. Besides, the abrasive wear of the composite is depending on the size of abrasive particles and sliding velocity. Higher weight loss is noticed at high sliding velocities. The specific wear rate for the composite subjected to three different sand particles follow the order of: coarse > grain > fine sands respectively.

  9. EXPERIMENT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF HOME-MADE ACTIVATED CARBON FIBRE CARTRIDGE%国产活性炭纤维滤芯性能测试

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    万春新; 陈建国; 黄金钟; 胡望钧

    2001-01-01

    本文通过对国产活性炭纤维滤芯与国外进口活性炭纤维滤芯进行的各项性能对比测试结果的分析,指出国产活性炭纤维滤芯可替代国外进口同类产品。%The performance of home-made and import activated carbon fibre cartridge is studied here. By comparing the performances of these two kinds, we found that home-made activated carbon fibre cartridge can be substituted for import activated carbon fibre cartridge of the same kind.

  10. Carbon Nanotube Enhanced Aerospace Composite Materials A New Generation of Multifunctional Hybrid Structural Composites

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    Kostopoulos, V

    2013-01-01

    The well documented increase in the use of high performance composites as structural materials in aerospace components is continuously raising the demands in terms of dynamic performance, structural integrity, reliable life monitoring systems and adaptive actuating abilities. Current technologies address the above issues separately; material property tailoring and custom design practices aim to the enhancement of dynamic and damage tolerance characteristics, whereas life monitoring and actuation is performed with embedded sensors that may be detrimental to the structural integrity of the component. This publication explores the unique properties of carbon nanotubes (CNT) as an additive in the matrix of Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP), for producing structural composites with improved mechanical performance as well as sensing/actuating capabilities. The successful combination of the CNT properties and existing sensing actuating technologies leads to the realization of a multifunctional FRP structure. The curre...

  11. Satiety effects of a whole-grain fibre composite ingredient: reduced food intake and appetite ratings.

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    Harrold, Joanne; Breslin, Leanne; Walsh, Jennifer; Halford, Jason; Pelkman, Christine

    2014-10-01

    The current study assesses the impact on appetite and food intake of a novel co-processed ingredient containing a viscous fibre and whole-grain high-amylose corn flour, a source of type 1 and type 2 resistant starch (HAM-RS). Ninety adults completed a crossover, placebo-controlled study comparing two doses of the ingredient (20 and 30 g) to a maltodextrin control in a fruit-based smoothie served with breakfast. Ad libitum food intake was measured over the day and visual analogue scales were used to assess subjective appetite sensations. Subjects consumed 7% less energy intake at dinner following the 30 g dose (p = 0.02) compared to control. In addition, a trend for lower lunch intake (5% less weight of food) was observed for the 20 g dose (p = 0.10). Reductions were also observed for the two meals combined, with 3% lower energy intake for the 20 g dose (p = 0.04) and 5% less weight of food consumed for the 30 g dose (p = 0.04). Lower ratings of hunger were reported at 3 h after breakfast for both doses and also at 2 and 3 h after lunch for the 30 g dose. With ratings combined to compute an overall appetite score, a trend for lower appetite scores at 3 h after breakfast was found for both doses. Consistent with this, significant reductions in AUC hunger and prospective consumption were identified in the 30 g condition. A similar pattern of results was observed for fullness and desire to eat. The results of this study show that a new composite satiety ingredient comprised of a viscous fibre and whole-grain corn flour can affect acute satiety responses in men and women. PMID:25138661

  12. Monitoring chemical degradation of thermally cycled glass-fibre composites using hyperspectral imaging

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    Papadakis, V. M.; Müller, B.; Hagenbeek, M.; Sinke, J.; Groves, R. M.

    2016-04-01

    Nowadays, the application of glass-fibre composites in light-weight structures is growing. Although mechanical characterizations of those structures are commonly performed in testing, chemical changes of materials under stresses have not yet been well documented. In the present work coupon tests and Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) have been used to categorise possible chemical changes of glass-fibre reinforced polymers (GFRP) which are currently used in the aircraft industry. HSI is a hybrid technique that combines spectroscopy with imaging. It is able to detect chemical degradation of surfaces and has already been successfully applied in a wide range of fields including astronomy, remote sensing, cultural heritage and medical sciences. GFRP specimens were exposed to two different thermal loading conditions. One thermal loading condition was a continuous thermal exposure at 120°C for 24h, 48 h and 96h, i.e. ageing at a constant temperature. The other thermal loading condition was thermal cycling with three different numbers of cycles (4000, 8000, 12000) and two temperature ranges (0°C to 120°C and -25°C to 95°C). The effects of both conditions were measured using both HSI and interlaminar shear (ILSS) tests. No significant changes of the physical properties of the thermally cycled GFRP specimens were detected using interlaminar shear strength tests and optical microscopy. However, when using HIS, differences of the surface conditions were detected. The results showed that the different thermal loading conditions could be successfully clustered in different colours, using the HSI linear unmixing technique. Each different thermal loading condition showed a different chemical degradation level on its surface which was indicated using different colours.

  13. A systems engineering approach to structural health monitoring of composites using embedded optical fibre Bragg sensors for aeronautical applications

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    van Wyk, A. J.; Roberson, Craig V.

    2011-06-01

    The need to perform structural health monitoring on composite primary structures in real time for their life cycle has become cardinal because of the drastic increase in composite usage on aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial systems. The Systems Engineering approach was followed to ensure that these efficient low weight high strength components are optimally, economically and safely utilized. Details of the phases involved in this approach are outlined. In this document the activities associated with the preliminary design phase of the Systems Engineering process will be emphasised. Glass embedded optical fibre Bragg sensors were identified as the most appropriate for the strain measurement essential for the structural health monitoring of composites. The necessary Interrogator instrumentation subsystem for data acquisition and an Algorithm analysis subsystem are outlined. Detail design aspects of only the embedded optical fibre Bragg sensor subsystem will be covered in this paper.

  14. Debonding of short fibres among particulates in a metal matrix composite

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    Tvergaard, Viggo

    2003-01-01

    differently shaped fibres or particulates in each unit cell. thus representing debonding of a relatively long discontinuous fibre among particulates that do not debond. Interfacial failure is modelled in terms of a cohesive zone model that accounts for decohesion by normal separation as well as by tangential...... separation. It is found that the evolution of failure can depend rather strongly on the distribution of particulates around a fibre subject to debonding. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  15. Cytocompatibility, mechanical and dissolution properties of high strength boron and iron oxide phosphate glass fibre reinforced bioresorbable composites.

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    Sharmin, Nusrat; Hasan, Muhammad S; Parsons, Andrew J; Rudd, Chris D; Ahmed, Ifty

    2016-06-01

    In this study, Polylactic acid (PLA)/phosphate glass fibres (PGF) composites were prepared by compression moulding. Fibres produced from phosphate based glasses P2O5-CaO-MgO-Na2O (P45B0), P2O5-CaO-MgO-Na2O-B2O3 (P45B5), P2O5-CaO-MgO-Na2O-Fe2O3 (P45Fe3) and P2O5-CaO-MgO-Na2O-B2O3-Fe2O3 (P45B5Fe3) were used to reinforce the bioresorbable polymer PLA. Fibre mechanical properties and degradation rate were investigated, along with the mechanical properties, degradation and cytocompatibility of the composites. Retention of the mechanical properties of the composites was evaluated during degradation in PBS at 37°C for four weeks. The fibre volume fraction in the composite varied from 19 to 23%. The flexural strength values (ranging from 131 to 184MPa) and modulus values (ranging from 9.95 to 12.29GPa) obtained for the composites matched those of cortical bone. The highest flexural strength (184MPa) and modulus (12.29GPa) were observed for the P45B5Fe3 composite. After 28 days of immersion in PBS at 37°C, ~35% of the strength profile was maintained for P45B0 and P45B5 composites, while for P45Fe3 and P45B5Fe3 composites ~40% of the initial strength was maintained. However, the overall wet mass change of P45Fe3 and P45B5Fe3 remained significantly lower than that of the P45B0 and P45B5 composites. The pH profile also revealed that the P45B0 and P45B5 composites degraded quicker, correlating well with the degradation profile. From SEM analysis, it could be seen that after 28 days of degradation, the fibres in the fractured surface of P45B5Fe3 composites remain fairly intact as compared to the other formulations. The in vitro cell culture studies using MG63 cell lines revealed both P45Fe3 and P45B5Fe3 composites maintained and showed higher cell viability as compared to the P45B0 and P45B5 composites. This was attributed to the slower degradation rate of the fibres in P45Fe3 and P45B5Fe3 composites as compared with the fibres in P45B0 and P45B5 composites. PMID:26745720

  16. Micromechanical Investigation of Fatigue Damage in Uni-Directional Fibre Composites

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    Jespersen, Kristine Munk; Zangenberg Hansen, Jens; Mikkelsen, Lars Pilgaard

    2015-01-01

    previously subjected to tension-tension fatigue loading is examined. Broken UD load-carrying fibres are observed locally close to the thin off-axis backing support layers and are spreading out in a local damage zone in the UD bundle close to the backing. The common factors of the fatigue damaged regions...... found in this study were intertwining backing bundles in direct contact with the UD bundle and a locally high fibre volume fraction at the backing. Other factors like fibre misalignment and fibre radii could have an effect; however this is not obvious from the obtained results. Further studies on a...

  17. Collapse of a composite beam made from ultra high molecular-weight polyethylene fibres

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    Liu, G.; Thouless, M. D.; Deshpande, V. S.; Fleck, N. A.

    2014-02-01

    Hot-pressed laminates with a [0/90]48 lay-up, consisting of 83% by volume of ultra high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibres, and 17% by volume of polyurethane (PU) matrix, were cut into cantilever beams and subjected to transverse end-loading. The collapse mechanisms were observed both visually and by X-ray scans. Short beams deform elastically and collapse plastically in longitudinal shear, with a shear strength comparable to that observed in double notch, interlaminar shear tests. In contrast, long cantilever beams deform in bending and collapse via a plastic hinge at the built-in end of the beam. The plastic hinge is formed by two wedge-shaped microbuckle zones that grow in size and in intensity with increasing hinge rotation. This new mode of microbuckling under macroscopic bending involves both elastic bending and shearing of the plies, and plastic shear of the interface between each ply. The double-wedge pattern contrasts with the more usual parallel-sided plastic microbuckle that occurs in uniaxial compression. Finite element simulations and analytical models give additional insight into the dominant material and geometric parameters that dictate the collapse response of the UHMWPE composite beam in bending. Detailed comparisons between the observed and predicted collapse responses are used in order to construct a constitutive model for laminated UHMWPE composites.

  18. Design for Manufacturing – One-Piece, Fibre-Placed Composite Helicopter Tailboom

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    Recurring cost has become a critical driver in the design of helicopter airframes, and although composite materials have become widely used in aircraft structures, the hand lay-up manufacturing process in many cases prevents these applications from being cost-effective. Automated manufacturing technologies promise not only reduced production costs but also higher quality, repeatable parts. The introduction of existing automated manufacturing techniques and technologies from industries such as the automotive sector into aerospace can be challenging due to the unique product characteristics as well as the stringent certification and quality control requirements of the industry. The aerospace industry is a low-volume, high value production environment where 'hand-made' products are produced by highly experienced and qualified trades-people. Both metallic and composite components are subjected to precise manufacturing control and documentation requirements. The introduction of automated manufacturing technologies must be done in such a way as to respect these often demanding constraints. The introduction of automation to industrialized processes impacts not only the way parts are produced, but also the way they are designed. Successful composite design and manufacturing automation in the aerospace industry requires the engineering designer and analyst to become increasingly involved in the manufacturing of the product, as machine limitations and producibility become increasingly important drivers for design. This paper presents an overview of a development project intended to evaluate the effectiveness and benefits of the automated fibre placement technology through the design, prototype build and testing of a composite tailboom. The discussion centres on the 'design for manufacturing' concept and provides a perspective on the project objectives, material and process selection and trade-offs, geometric and structural considerations, and component assembly and fastening.

  19. The Forest Fibre Industry. 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bio-economy

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    Presas, T.; Mensink, M.

    2011-11-15

    In March 2011, the European Commission published a 'Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050', a discussion document to explore the future of climate change policy. The document models pathways towards 2050 and the possible contribution of different sectors. It will be followed by an 'energy roadmap' towards the end of 2011 and will be combined with other roadmaps on, for example, the future of transport. In time, it will lead to a new 'climate change and energy package'. The outcome will be crucial for Europe's pulp, paper and wood products industries, which operate at the crossroads of renewable energy policy, emission trading, industrial and raw material policies. Climate change policy, too, has a major influence on the future of these sectors. After all, climate change policy is, essentially, industrial policy. This roadmap attempts to lay out the future of the forest fibre industry - the pulp, paper and board and wood products sectors combined - and its potential to meet future consumer demands, stay competitive and deliver a CO2 emission reduction in line with the modelled overall industrial reduction of 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. The roadmap explores the technical, financial and resource constraints that lie ahead, and the policy framework that will be needed to tackle them. Our roadmap is an exploration into the future. The CO2 reduction envisaged can only be achieved when the right policy framework is in place. The sector can play its part as long as it remains profitable and attractive to investments, keeps access to fibre and other raw materials and receives enough support to bring breakthrough technologies within reach.

  20. Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Composites for Biomedical Applications

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    Wei Wang(College of William and Mary); Yuhe Zhu; Susan Liao; Jiajia Li

    2014-01-01

    This review paper reported carbon nanotubes reinforced composites for biomedical applications. Several studies have found enhancement in the mechanical properties of CNTs-based reinforced composites by the addition of CNTs. CNTs reinforced composites have been intensively investigated for many aspects of life, especially being made for biomedical applications. The review introduced fabrication of CNTs reinforced composites (CNTs reinforced metal matrix composites, CNTs reinforced polymer matr...