Hodzic, Alma; Kim, J H; Lowe, Adrian; Stachurski, Zbigniew
Three different unidirectional polymer-glass composite systems involving phenolic and polyester resins were aged for 6 and 11 weeks in tap water and tested in the mode I double cantilever beam (DCB) test. The results showed a dramatic increase in water absorption and a decrease in fracture toughness for phenolic/glass systems. Fractographic analysis revealed interfacial debonding to be dominant failure mechanism, indicating a strong influence of water degradation on fracture toughness results....[Show more]
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