, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 33-38

Fibre-matrix interfacial failure sequences in translaminar flexure of glass-epoxy composites

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A detailed fractographic analysis is reported for the fibre-matrix interfacial failure sequences in the translaminar flexure testing of glass-epoxy composites of two different resin formulations. The influence of curing conditions, loading rates and voids on the mechanical data obtained is discussed. The fracture mechanisms are explained on the basis of the shear couple concept.