Experimental Investigation of CFRP Impact Toughness and Failure Modes
Keywords:composite, impact, pendulum, impact toughness, bending, failure mode
The experimental investigation assesses the capability of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) to absorb impact energy. The method is based on measuring impact toughness of unnotched beam specimens made of laminates with woven and unidirectional reinforcement in either cross‐ply [0/90]n or angle‐ply [±45]n orientation using impact pendulum testing machine. Low‐velocity impact produces interlaminar and intralaminar failures of beams which affect their energy absorptions. The resulting energy absorptions are evaluated from force‐displacement curves and subsequently discussed using assessment of loading processes and final failure modes.
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