Exploiting nacre-inspired crack deflection mechanisms in CFRP via micro-structural design

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Title: Exploiting nacre-inspired crack deflection mechanisms in CFRP via micro-structural design
Authors: Narducci, F
Pinho, ST
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In this paper, a bio-inspired carbon-fibre/epoxy composite with nacre-like tiled microstructure is designed, synthesised and tested. Analytical models are developed to predict the energy dissipation and crack deflection properties of such composite, and the predictions for the stress-strain response during tile pull-out are validated against direct numerical simulation. Suitable configurations for tile geometry with interlocks are then identified (with dimensions of the order of 0.6 mm) and used for the subsequent prototyping. In-situ three-point bend tests are then carried out in a SEM environment, showing the capability of the interlocking micro-structure in deflecting the crack, avoiding sudden failure in the most highly loaded cross-section of the specimen. The results suggest that further damage diffusion could in principle be achieved by additionally modifying the interface between tiles.
Issue Date: 24-Aug-2017
Date of Acceptance: 19-Aug-2017
ISSN: 0266-3538
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 178
End Page: 189
Journal / Book Title: Composites Science and Technology
Volume: 153
Copyright Statement: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/M002500/1
Keywords: 09 Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering

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