An investigation of the interfacial characteristics of nitinol fibers in a thermoset composite
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Investigations were performed in order to examine the effects of different variables on the interfacial characteristics between a nitinol fiber and a composite matrix. First, rough, clean fiber surfaces were found to provide the best adhesion to the matrix due to the mechanical interaction of the matrix with the rough surface finish. Second, it was determined that the interfacial shear strength is not dependent upon embedded fiber length. Third, a very small diameter fiber will break before pulling out of the matrix, but overall, large fibers have a greater interfacial strength. Fourth, it was found that the initial prestrain on the fiber during processing had no effect on the interfacial shear strength of the fiber to the matrix. Fifth, it was determined that fatigue does not degrade the shear strength of any of the different initial pres trains. Finally, it was found that a coating that does not adhere well to the fiber neither macroscopically degrades nor enhances interfacial strength.
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