The Fracture Behaviour of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites

  • M. G. Bader
  • J. E. Bailey
  • I. Bell
Conference paper
Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR, volume 5)


Carbon fiber-epoxy resin composites containing up to 0. 80 Vf of unidirectionally disposed fibers have been developed with flexural moduli and strengths very close to the theoretical values. However, the fiber-matrix interface is relatively weak resulting in low interlaminar shear strength. Attempts to raise the shear strength have led to brittleness problems. The fracture behavior of a variety of fiber-resin systems has been studied in the flexural and shear modes under static and repeated loading (fatigue), and under sustained loading (creep). Mechanical test data is correlated with fracture mode and morphology.


Shear Strength Carbon Fibre Flexural Strength Test Piece Double Cantilever Beam 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. Bader
    • 1
  • J. E. Bailey
    • 1
  • I. Bell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildford, SurreyEngland

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