Marine composites based on low styrene content resins. Influence of lamination procedure and peel plies on interlaminar resistance

Type Article
Date 2008-03
Language English
Author(s) Perrot Y2, Davies PeterORCID1, Kerboul Andre1, Baley C3
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, Mat & Struct Grp, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Technopole Brest Iroise, Soc Naut Conseil Dev, F-29200 Brest, France.
3 : Univ Bretagne Sud, Lab L2PIC, F-56321 Lorient, France.
Source Applied Composite Materials (0929-189X) (Springer), 2008-03 , Vol. 15 , N. 2 , P. 87-97
DOI 10.1007/s10443-008-9059-1
WOS© Times Cited 7
Keyword(s) Mode I, ILSS, Peel ply, Lamination procedure, Low styrene content resins, Glass/polyester composites
Abstract Delays between lamination of structures and secondary bonding are common in boatbuilding. This paper presents results from an experimental study of the influence of manufacturing procedure on the bond strength of unidirectional glass fibre reinforced polyester composites. Continuously laminated panels are taken as the reference and compared with panels overlaminated after delays of one week with and without peel ply protection. A standard polyester and low styrene DCPD formulation were tested. ILSS testing is shown not to be sensitive to the procedure but crack propagation tests show very large differences in mode I fracture energy. A small drop in fracture energy is measured for a delay of one week between lamination of the first and second halves of the specimen without peel ply. When a nylon peel ply is applied and removed just before overlamination of the second half very large drops in propagation energy, around 75%, are noted for both materials. Surface abrasion after peel ply removal enables fracture energy to be recovered for the standard polyester and to a lesser extent for the low styrene DCPD composite.
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