Results are presented on the interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) and Mode I fracture toughness (GIC) of glass/epoxy laminates interleaved with thermoplastic polyester films using four-point bending and double cantilever beam tests, respectively. The ILSS equation from classical beam theory was modified to account for the increased film thickness. It was found that the ultimate failure load and ILSS could be doubled if a thermoplastic film of high ductility but low glass transition temperature is used. Good film/composite ply adhesion is necessary. Mode I fracture toughness is influenced by film thickness and interleaving with a 0.2 mm thick film increased the GIC by 40 percent. Interleaving with a thinner film (0.1 mm), however, resulted in adhesive failure and reduced fibre bridging.
The Influence of Thermoplastic Film Interleaving on the Interlaminar Shear Strength and Mode I Fracture of Laminated Composites
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Li, L., Lee-Sullivan, P., and Liew, K. M. (July 1, 1996). "The Influence of Thermoplastic Film Interleaving on the Interlaminar Shear Strength and Mode I Fracture of Laminated Composites." ASME. J. Eng. Mater. Technol. July 1996; 118(3): 302–309. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2806810
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