Aspects of the tensile response of random continuous glass/epoxy composites


The effect of strain rate on failure mechanisms was determined by viewing fractured surfaces of tensile specimens using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The relationship between the energy dissipated and fiber content was also evaluated. Tensile tests were performed on a random continuous glass/epoxy laminate at increasing rates of strain. A second laminate with random continuous glass reinforcement was tested in tension at various fiber volume fractions to ascertain the relationship between fiber content and energy dissipated. Overall, significant results were obtained.

Publication Title

Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites