This work describes the evaluation of dierent interlaminar veils to improve the toughening of epoxy/carbon fiber composites manufactured by resin infusion. Three commercial veils have been used in the study: two electro spun thermoplastic nanofiber (Xantulayr® from Revolution Fibres) with dierent areal weight, and one micro carbon fibers veil (Optiveil® from TFP). Two laboratory made veils were also manufactured by electrospinning commercial polyethersulfone (PES) tougheners (Virantage by Solvay). The veils were selected to be either soluble or non-soluble in the epoxy resin matrix during curing. The solubility was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis testing on the cured laminates. The fracture energy was evaluated by double cantilever bending (DCB) testing under Mode I loading. The insoluble thermoplastic nanofibers showed the highest toughening eciency, followed by the soluble nanofiber veils. The carbon fiber based veil showed no toughness improvement.

Interlaminar toughening of epoxy carbon fiber reinforced laminates: Soluble versus non-soluble veil

Ognibene Giulia
Data Curation
;
Latteri Alberta
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Mannino Salvatore
Formal Analysis
;
Recca Giuseppe
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Cicala Gianluca
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2019

Abstract

This work describes the evaluation of dierent interlaminar veils to improve the toughening of epoxy/carbon fiber composites manufactured by resin infusion. Three commercial veils have been used in the study: two electro spun thermoplastic nanofiber (Xantulayr® from Revolution Fibres) with dierent areal weight, and one micro carbon fibers veil (Optiveil® from TFP). Two laboratory made veils were also manufactured by electrospinning commercial polyethersulfone (PES) tougheners (Virantage by Solvay). The veils were selected to be either soluble or non-soluble in the epoxy resin matrix during curing. The solubility was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis testing on the cured laminates. The fracture energy was evaluated by double cantilever bending (DCB) testing under Mode I loading. The insoluble thermoplastic nanofibers showed the highest toughening eciency, followed by the soluble nanofiber veils. The carbon fiber based veil showed no toughness improvement.
electrospinning; epoxy; composites; interlaminar toughening
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