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Fu, S.-Y. ; Mai, Y.W. ; Lauke, B. ; Xu, G. ; Yue, C. Y.
Fracture behavior of short glass fiber and short carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene composites

The fracture behaviour of polypropylene (PP) composites reinforced with short glass fibres (SGF) and short carbon fibres (SCF) was studied. The fracture toughness (Kc) of the composites was measured in the T- and L-direction using compact tension specimens made from the plaques manufactured. The study was focused on the combined effect of fibre volume fraction and microstructure (fibre length and alignment) on the fracture toughness of short fibre composites. Variation of the microstructure was increasing fibre content was discussed. The obtained results for the fracture toughness of both SGF/PP and SCF/PP systems was explained using the combined effect of fibre volume fraction and microstructure.

Source
International Journal of Materials & Product Technology 17

Pages
108-120

DOI
http://inderscience.metapress.com/link.asp?id=4tf8ml31etwab8wc

Published
January 2002
 
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