The role of interface and fiber anisotropy in controlling the performance of polyethylene-fibre-reinforced composites

A.A.J.M. Peijs, H.A. Rijsdijk, J.M.M. Kok, de, P.J. Lemstra

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Abstract

The influence of the interface and fiber anisotropy on the performance of high-performance Spectra 1000 polyethylene (HP-PE) fiber/Araldite LY556-Araldite HY917 copolymer epoxy composites was investigated. To obtain more quant. information about the role of fiber anisotropy on the strength of HP-PE composites, a micromech. anal. was utilized to predict ultimate composite properties. Theor. values for composite strength as obtained via micromechanics, assuming perfect adhesion, are in good agreement with exptl. data for HP-PE composites incorporating plasma-treated fibers, indicating that the highly anisotropic character of HP-PE fibers plays a predominant role in the structural performance of composites based on these fibers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-466
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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