Compression after impact strength of repaired GFRP composite laminates under repeated impact loading

J Jefferson Andrew, V Arumugam, K Saravanakumar, Hom Nath Dhakal, C. Santulli

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    Abstract

    During their service life, composite materials are prone to damage, which compromises their structural performance significantly. In this study, glass/epoxy composite specimens fabricated using hand layup method and further cured in a compression molding machine were cut from the laminates and subjected to low velocity impact damage in order to investigate the effects of repair. The impacted laminates were repaired by removing the damage area with a circular cutout and filled with a chopped short Kevlar/epoxy: the efficiency of the repair procedure and toughness of the repaired laminates were examined by repeated impacts on the repaired site. The residual strength of the post impacted repaired laminates is investigated by the conduction of compression after impact (CAI) loading with acoustic emission monitoring (AE) technique. The objective of the repair was to restore the static strength of the composite structures and to decrease the stress concentration factor caused by the impact damage. The structural performance of both repaired and unrepaired laminates are compared and discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)911-920
    JournalComposite Structures
    Volume133
    Early online date7 Aug 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

    Keywords

    • Composite repair
    • Glass fiber
    • Impact behavior
    • Damage mechanics
    • Acoustic emission
    • Compression molding

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