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Publication - Professor Ivana Partridge

    Composites Toughen Up! Chapter · DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46120-5_17


    Partridge, I, 2017, ‘Composites Toughen Up! Chapter · DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46120-5_17’. in: Peter Beaumont, Costas Soutis (eds) The Structural Integrity of Carbon Fiber Composites ., pp. pp.471-487


    The chapter charts the early developments of formulated aerospace grade matrix resins for composites. Where does a processing aid finish and a toughening agent begin? The often neglected effects of layer morphology on the apparent toughness of laminates are explored, suggesting reasons for the success of modern ‘interlayer-toughened’ resin systems. Different options of through-the-thickness reinforcement techniques are described, with an assessment of their effectiveness in limiting delamination cracking, distinguishing between effects on crack initiation and crack growth.

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