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Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites – Effects of temperature on Charpy impact behaviour

Qin, Yang; Fancey, Kevin S.

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Yang Qin



Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd By applying tensile creep to polymeric fibres, a viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composite (VPPMC) can be produced by removing the creep load before the fibres are moulded into a resin matrix. The viscoelastically strained fibres impart compressive stresses to the surrounding matrix, following curing. Previous work has demonstrated that nylon 6,6 fibre-polyester resin VPPMCs can improve mechanical properties by up to ∼50%, compared with control (unstressed) counterparts. This paper focuses on the effect of temperature (from −25°C to 45°C) on these composites, under Charpy impact conditions. It was found that impact energy absorption by the VPPMC samples was greater than their control counterparts over the full temperature range, the increases being ∼40% at 20°C and above, reducing to ∼20% at lower temperatures. The principal mechanism for energy absorption from the VPPMC samples was fibre-matrix debonding. At lower temperatures however, resin impact toughness decreased, which facilitated energy absorption through matrix cracking. Here, as VPPMC prestress impeded this effect, energy absorption through matrix cracking was more prominent within the control samples and this is believed to be a major contribution to the observed reduction in VPPMC performance relative to control samples at lower temperatures.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 15, 2018
Journal Composites Part B ?
Print ISSN 1359-8368
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 141
Pages 265-270
APA6 Citation Qin, Y., & Fancey, K. S. (2018). Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites – Effects of temperature on Charpy impact behaviour. Composites. Part B, Engineering, 141, 265-270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.12.036
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.12.036
Keywords A Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs); B Impact behaviour; B Debonding; Viscoelasticity
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S135983681732615X?via%3Dihub
Copyright Statement © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites – Effects of temperature on Charpy impact behaviour; Journal Title: Composites Part B: Engineering; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.10...ompositesb.2017.12.036; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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