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Investigation of the Flexural Properties and Failure Behavior of Unidirectional CF/Nylon 6 and CF/Epoxy Composites

DOI: 10.4236/ojcm.2017.74016, PP. 227-249

Keywords: Polymer Matrix Composite, Flexural Properties, Failure Behavior, Unidirectional, Prepreg

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In this work, flexural properties and failure behavior of unidirectional (UD) carbon fiber reinforced polyamide 6 (CF/Nylon 6) and epoxy resin (CF/ Epoxy) laminates were investigated through three-point bending test. The mechanical properties and failure behavior of 0 and 90 degree CF/Nylon 6 and CF/Epoxy laminates were discussed based on the fiber volume fraction, fiber distribution, void content, interfacial properties, transversal tensile strength and fracture toughness. The effects of fiber volume fraction, fiber distribution, void content and their hybrid effect on the flexural properties were investigated. Step-by-step observation and scanning electron microscope observation of laminates after flexural tests were employed to analyze the fracture process.

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