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Beckermann, G. W., & Pickering, K. L. (2015). Mode I and Mode II interlaminar fracture toughness of composite laminates interleaved with electrospun nanofibre veils. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 72, 11–21. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2015.01.028
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In this study, the effects of interleaved nanofibre veils on the Mode I and Mode II interlaminar fracture toughness (ILFT) of autoclave cured unidirectional carbon/epoxy composite laminates were investigated. Various electrospun nanofibre veils consisting of a range of different polymer types, fibre diameters and veil architectures were placed in the laminate mid-planes, which were subsequently subjected to double cantilever beam and end-notch flexure tests. It was found that the polymer type and veil areal weight were the most important factors contributing to laminate performance. A 4.5 g/m2 PA66 veil provided the best all-round performance with fracture toughness improvements of 156% and 69% for Mode I and Mode II, respectively.
This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. © 2015 Elsevier.