A fractographic study on the effects of hygrothermal conditioning on carbon fiber/epoxy laminates submitted to axial compression

Published on Sep 1, 2017in Engineering Failure Analysis2.897
· DOI :10.1016/J.ENGFAILANAL.2017.05.006
Carlos V. Opelt8
Estimated H-index: 8
Jane Maria Faulstich de Paiva15
Estimated H-index: 15
(UFSCar: Federal University of São Carlos)
+ 1 AuthorsMirabel Cerqueira Rezende1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNIFESP: Federal University of São Paulo)
Abstract This paper is part of a series of fractographic studies on fiber-reinforced polymer composites submitted to compression, which attempts to fill the gap in the composite failure analysis. Here, the effect of the hygrothermal conditioning is assessed for composite laminates manufactured from a carbon fiber/epoxy resin prepregs, which used plain weave fiber arrangement. The laminate was trimmed into compression test specimens, according to the ASTM D3410 standard. After the test, the aspects of the failure were investigated using a scanning electron microscope, so the compression failure modes could be identified. The fractographic analysis indicates that the lower compressive strength of the conditioned specimens was caused by a decrease in the stiffness of the polymer matrix, due to the plasticizing effect of the moisture exposure.
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