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Environmental effects on fibre-Polymer composites

Gopalan, R and Somashekar, BR and Dattaguru, B (1989) Environmental effects on fibre-Polymer composites. In: Polymer Degradation and Stability, 24 (4). pp. 361-371.

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Moisture absorption characteristics and its effects on the mechanical properties and failure process of polymers (neat epoxy and polyester resins) and composites with simple (glass, carbon and kevlar) and hybrid (glass-carbon, carbon-kevlar and kevlar-glass) fibres were experimentally determined before and after immersion in water at 343 K for 20 days. The maximum moisture content (Mm) and diffusion coefficient (Dx) of these composites were determined. The degradation in ultimate tensile strength and Young's modulus due to the moisture content were experimentally determined and found to be quite significant. Acoustic emissions, from specimens before and after exposure, were monitored during the load cycle, and revealed a significant change in the failure process of these composites. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) studies on failed exposed and unexposed specimens revealed resin leach out and fibre prominence.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Polymer Degradation and Stability
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 04:44
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2011 10:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/31382

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