Healing potential of hybrid materials for structural composites

Erdem Selver, Prasad Potluri, Costas Soutis, Paul Hogg

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Abstract

The healing potential of light-weight hybrid composites consisting of S-glass and polypropylene fibres in an Araldite LY564 epoxy resin has been investigated. This paper describes a co-mingling process for creating glass–polypropylene hybrid yarns. Cross-ply laminates consisting of hybrid yarns in an epoxy matrix have been tested under low energy impact as well as compression after impact (CAI) loading conditions. The study examines the potential for healing the damage cracks developed during impact, with polypropylene fibres. Key part of this investigation is to evaluate the healing potential of polypropylene fibres through local heating. The study shows that with a simple heat treatment process, significant reduction in the impact induced damage area and a corresponding increase in the compression after impact strength can be achieved; a 65% strength improvement has been measured for the healed specimens when compared to unhealed specimen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-66
JournalComposite Structures
Volume122
Early online date20 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • Composites
  • Hybrid yarns
  • Impact resistance
  • Compression after impact
  • Damage tolerance
  • Healing process

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