||Baral N2, Guezenoc H2, Davies Peter1, Baley C2
||1 : IFREMER, Mat & Struct Grp, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Univ Bretagne Sud, F-56321 Lorient, France.
||Materials Letters (0167-577X) (Elsevier), 2008-03 , Vol. 62 , N. 6-7 , P. 1096-1099
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||Carbon fibre, Fracture, Deformation, Delamination, Composite materials
||This paper presents test results from mode I interlaminar fracture and transverse tensile tests on unidirectional carbon/epoxy composites used in racing yacht construction. Fibre modulus has been varied from 380 to 640 GPa. PAN fibre reinforced composite properties, delamination resistance (G(Ie) and G(Ip)) and transverse strain to failure, decrease as fibre modulus increases. Composites based on the highest modulus pitch fibres show higher transverse failure strains than the highest modulus PAN fibre composites. A distinct failure mechanism, crack propagation within the fibres, was observed for the pitch based reinforcement. The transverse tensile tests allowed transverse fibre modulus to be estimated as 11.5 GPa for the PAN and 9 GPa for the pitch fibres. These results indicate that more detailed study is needed if pitch based composites are to be optimised. (c) 2007 Elsevier.B.V. All rights reserved.