Effect of post-cure temperature and different reinforcements in adhesive bonded repair for damaged glass/epoxy composites under multiple quasi-static indentation loading

J. Jefferson Andrew, V. Arumugam, C. Santulli

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the individual and associated effects of post-cure temperature and reinforcement phases on the local bending response of adhesive reinforced repairs in damaged glass/epoxy composite laminates. Multiple quasi-static indentation tests were performed on repaired composite laminates: damage propagation, absorbed energy and residual deflection data assisted in the evaluation of phase changes, which cause the transition from brittle to ductile nature and control the visco-elastic behavior the material is undergoing under the influence of temperature. Three phases of fiber reinforcements, namely particulate glass fibers, chopped short glass fibers and continuous glass fibers, were tested to study the fiber reinforcement's effect on indentation strength and damage mechanism. The effects of post-cure temperature on the local bending response of the repaired glass/epoxy specimens were investigated by performing indentation tests on laminates exposed to post-cure at ambient temperature (30 °C) and elevated temperatures up to glass transition temperature of epoxy resin (50, 70 and 90 °C). Multiple quasi-static indentation test results indicated that the post-cure temperature and fiber reinforcements have considerable effect on the indentation response of the repaired specimens. Damaged glass/epoxy specimens repaired using chopped short fibers and exposed to a post-cure temperature of 50 °C showed the most favorable indentation behavior.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)63-74
    Number of pages12
    JournalComposite Structures
    Volume143
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 20 May 2016

    Keywords

    • Adhesive reinforcements
    • Composite repair
    • Multiple quasi static indentation tests
    • Post-cure temperature

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