The Tensile Fatigue Behavior of a GFRP Composite with Rubber Particle Modified Epoxy Matrix

Manjunattha, CM (2009) The Tensile Fatigue Behavior of a GFRP Composite with Rubber Particle Modified Epoxy Matrix. Journal of reinforced Plastics and Composites . pp. 2170-2182.

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    Abstract

    A thermosetting epoxy polymer was modified by incorporating 9wt% of a CTBN rubber microparticles. The stress-controlled CA tensile fatigue behavior at stress ratio, R¼0.1 for both the neat and the modified epoxy was investigated. The addition of rubber particles increased the epoxy fatigue life by a factor of about three to four times. The rubber particle cavitation and plastic deformation of the surrounding material was observed to contribute to the enhanced fatigue life of the epoxy polymer. Then, the neat and the rubber-modified epoxy resins were infused into a quasi-isotropic, lay-up E-glass fiber, non-crimp fabric in a RIFT set -up to fabricate GFRP composite panels. Further, the stress-controlled CA tensile fatigue tests at stress ratio, R¼0.1 were performed on both of these GFRP composites. Matrix cracking and stiffness degradation was continuously monitored during the fatigue tests. Similar to bulk epoxy fatigue behavior, the fatigue life of GFRP composites increased by a factor of about three times due to the presence of rubber particles in the epoxy matrix. The suppressed matrix cracking and the reduced crack propagation rates in the rubber-modified matrix contribute towards the enhanced fatigue life of GFRP composites employing a rubber-modified epoxy matrix.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Composite Materials
    Division/Department: Structures Division
    Depositing User: Ms Indrani V
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 14:43
    Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 10:32
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/9121

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