Effect of fiber orientation on the shear behavior of glass fiber/epoxy composites

José Humberto S. Almeida Jr*, Clarissa C. Angrizani, Edson C. Botelho, Sandro C. Amico

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This paper deals with the study of the influence of the lay-up configuration on interlaminar and in-plane shear properties of glass fiber reinforced epoxy composites. The following laminates were produced by resin transfer molding with vacuum assistance for this study: [0]5, [90]5, [0/90/0/90/0] and randomly oriented (mat). The composites, with similar overall fiber volume fraction, were evaluated based on four tests: double-notched shear, short beam shear, V-notched rail and Iosipescu shear tests. Besides, the dynamic shear modulus was measured with non-destructive testing based on free vibration method. The [0]5 laminate presented interlaminar shear strength almost twice that of [90]5, whereas the mat samples presented higher in-plane shear strength in both tests used due to its random fiber orientation. The dynamic shear modulus was higher for the composites [0]5, as expected due to the longitudinally oriented fibers. Among the shear test methods applied, double-notched and V-notched methods exhibited more auspicious features, possibly due to a more uniform shear stress state during testing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-795
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials and Design
Early online date23 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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