An evaluation of the interlaminar fracture toughness of a thermoplastic composite with offset centre flies

W. J. Cantwell, H. H. Kausch

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Abstract

The offset DCB specimen has been used to characterize the influence of cooling rate and loading rate on the interlaminar fracture properties of carbon fibre reinforced PEEK. By offsetting the mid-plane fibres by several degrees, the amount of fibre bridging occurring during fracture has been reduced considerably. It has been shown that IM6 carbon fibre PEEK is quite sensitive to the cooling conditions employed after consolidation at 380 °C. Low rates of cooling yield a high level of crystallinity and a reduced fracture toughness. The modified DCB specimen has been successfully applied to highlight a distinct interlaminar fracture rate sensitivity. The high rate properties of this material still leave cause for concern and more work is required before these materials will find widespread use.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)328-333
Number of pages6
JournalMechanics of Composite Materials
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1993

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