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dc.contributor.authorSabat, Philippe Jacquesen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-24T17:22:48Zen
dc.date.available2017-05-24T17:22:48Zen
dc.date.issued1985en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/77733en
dc.description.abstractThe role of the interphase in fiberglass reinforced composites was studied by a combination of theoretical analysis, mechanical tests, and several high-resolution analytical techniques. The interphase was varied in composition by using epoxy and polyester matrix polymers with and without added coupling agents, as well as four fiber surface modifications. Different coupling agents on the fibers were shown to change the fiber tensile strength markedly. Filament wound unidirectional composites were tested in short beam "shear." Corresponding samples were fabricated by embedding one to seven fibers in the center of polymer dogbone specimens that were tested in tension to determine critical fiber lengths. Those values were used in a new theoretical treatment (that combines stress gradient shear-lag theory with Weibull statistics) to evaluate "interfacial shear strengths". The fact that results did not correlate with the short beam data was examined in detail via a combination of polarized light microscopy, electron microscopy (SEM) and spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) and mass spectroscopy (SIMS). When the single fiber specimens were unloaded, a residual birefringent zone was measured and correlated with composite properties, as well as with SIMS and SEM analysis that identified changes in the locus of interphase failure. Variations in the interphase had dramatic effects upon composite properties, but it appears ·that there may be an optimum level of fiber-matrix adhesion depending upon the properties of both fiber and matrix. Fiber-fiber interactions were elucidated by combining tensile tests on multiple fiber dogbone specimens with high-resolution analytical techniques. In general, this work exemplifies a multidisciplinary approach that promises to help understand and characterize the structure and properties of the fiber-matrix interphase, and to optimize the properties of composite materials.en
dc.format.extentxvii, 138 leavesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 13068441en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
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dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1985.S222en
dc.subject.lcshFiber-reinforced plastics -- Analysisen
dc.subject.lcshFiber-reinforced plastics -- Testingen
dc.subject.lcshFiber-reinforced plastics -- Testing -- Statistical methodsen
dc.subject.lcshFiber-reinforced plastics -- Surfacesen
dc.titleEvaluation of fiber-matrix interfacial shear strength in fiber reinforced plasticsen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentEngineering Mechanicsen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineEngineering Mechanicsen
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