A method is described to characterize the uniformity of interlaminar fracture toughness of laminated carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites fabricated by the modified vacuum assisted resin transfer molding process. To prepare specimens for Mode I fracture toughness tests, pieces were sectioned from the inlet and vent regions of a CFRP plate ([+30/-30] 6), with a starter crack inserted. The specimens were packed between two rectangular epoxy plates to apply a load using a universal testing machine. Acoustic energy signals were monitored using two sensors attached to the epoxy plates during tensile loading. The difference between the material properties of specimens from the inlet and vent regions of the CFRP plate were statistically compared using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA); we show that the specimens showed no statistically significant differences in the interlaminar fracture characteristics depending on the part of the mold from which they were taken.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computational Mechanics
- Modelling and Simulation
- Mechanics of Materials