In the design of structural composite components for aerospace applications, durability and reliability play a very significant role. To assess the reliability of these material it is essential to carry out robust experimental tests on several specimens and under different loading conditions to allow the determination of fundamental fracture parameters. Fracture toughness, in particular, allows the quantification of the material strength to fracture. This work proposes a study on non-crimp fabric (NCF) together with a two-component epoxy resin. The selected system has been selected based on its suitability to produce aerospace-approved components using resin transfer molding (RTM) process. The fabric adopted is a SAERTEX NCF with very high modulus and strength, whereas the resin is BDP 4294. This work shows the methods, equipment, and results of an experimental campaign carried out to determine the fracture toughness of the manufactured NCF composite material. Finally, to quantify the fracture toughness of the NCF composite material, Mode I, II, Mixed Mode I-II, and translaminar fracture tests were also considered.

An experimental assessment of fracture toughness in novel crimp‐free‐based composite materials for aerospace applications

Lepore, Marcello
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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2022-01-01

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In the design of structural composite components for aerospace applications, durability and reliability play a very significant role. To assess the reliability of these material it is essential to carry out robust experimental tests on several specimens and under different loading conditions to allow the determination of fundamental fracture parameters. Fracture toughness, in particular, allows the quantification of the material strength to fracture. This work proposes a study on non-crimp fabric (NCF) together with a two-component epoxy resin. The selected system has been selected based on its suitability to produce aerospace-approved components using resin transfer molding (RTM) process. The fabric adopted is a SAERTEX NCF with very high modulus and strength, whereas the resin is BDP 4294. This work shows the methods, equipment, and results of an experimental campaign carried out to determine the fracture toughness of the manufactured NCF composite material. Finally, to quantify the fracture toughness of the NCF composite material, Mode I, II, Mixed Mode I-II, and translaminar fracture tests were also considered.
2022
29-giu-2022
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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ffe.13781
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