Delamination in carbon-fibre composites improved with in situ

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Mode I interlaminar fracture toughness is investigated for a carbon-fibre composite toughened by nanofibres grown on the woven fabric reinforcement. For a comparison, the same is studied for the normal (non-toughened) composite. The test data show that the nanofibres significantly increase the fracture toughness, in combination with epoxy or PPS resin. This improvement is attributed to a better fibre–matrix interface as well as to local reinforcement of the matrix by nanofibres
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-148
JournalEngineering fracture mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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