Dynamic delamination fracture toughness in unidirectional polymeric composites

Jia-Lin Tsai*, C. Guo, C. T. Sun

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A modified end-notched flexure (ENF) specimen was used to determine Mode-II-dominated dynamic delamination fracture toughness of fiber composites at high crack propagation speeds. A strip of FM-73 adhesive film was placed at the tip of the interlaminar crack created during laminate lay-up. This adhesive film with its greater toughness delayed the onset of crack extension and produced crack propagation at high speeds. Dynamic delamination experiments were performed on these ENF specimens made of unidirectional S2/8553 glass/epoxy and AS4/3501-6 carbon/epoxy composites. Crack speed was measured by means of conductive aluminum lines created by the vapor deposition technique. A finite-element numerical simulation based on the measured crack speed history was performed and the dynamic energy release rate calculated. The results showed that the dynamic fracture toughness is basically equal to the static fracture toughness and is not significantly affected by crack speeds up to 1100 m/s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001

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