Determination of dynamic delamination toughness of a graphite-fiber/epoxy composite using hopkinson pressure bar

Xiang Fa Wu, Yuris A. Dzenis

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Modified dynamic three-point-bending and compact shearing test configurations based on Hopkinson pressure bar (HPB) and crack detection gage (CDG) (Vishay Intertechnology, Inc) were used for the determination of the dynamic mode I and mode II delamination-initiation toughness of a unidirectional graphite-fiber/epoxy composite made of P7051S-20Q-1000 prepregs (Toray Composites America). The transient loading history was recorded precisely by the HPB installed with a high-resolution digital oscilloscope, and the crack initiation and delay time were captured using the CDG. By means of dynamic finite-element analysis (FEA) of the impact processes with the loading history and crack initiation time as input, the critical dynamic stress intensity factors (DSIFs) (K IDC/K IIDC) were extracted from numerical results of the crack opening displacements (CODs). Results show that under the present transient loadings, the K IDC value is about 80-90% of the static one, while the K IIDC value is nearly unchanged. Dynamic failure mechanisms of the composite specimens were evaluated by fractography using a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-180
Number of pages16
JournalPolymer Composites
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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