Impact and post-impact behavior of composite laminates reinforced by Z-Pins

Francesconi, L.
Primo
;
Aymerich, F.
2019

Abstract

Delamination, i.e. the separation between layers that occurs by failure of the resin-rich interlaminar interface, is a direct consequence of the lack of out-of-plane reinforcements and, undoubtedly, the most common damage mode in laminated composites. Delaminations induced by low-velocity impacts are of primary concern in structural applications, since impact damage, often miss-detected, may propagate, impairing the load bearing capacity of the component, particularly under compressive loads. Preventing delamination, as well as delaying and limiting its propagation, are thus key issues in the design of composite structures. Over the last decades, many strategies have been proposed to address this problem. Among them, the introduction of through-thickness reinforcements (stitching, pinning and stapling) has proven to be effective in improving the interlaminar properties of composite materials. In particular, recent studies have shown that Z-pinning, which consists in inserting high stiffness pins through the thickness of uncured laminates, may significantly enhance the delamination resistance of laminated components. In this study, conventional and Z-pin reinforced [02/902]s graphite/epoxy laminates were subjected to low-velocity impact and compression after impact (CAI) tests in order to examine the effect of the reinforcements on the impact response and the residual post-impact properties of the laminate. The results show that Z-pinning significantly reduces the extent of delamination induced by impact, while, on the contrary, it appears to only marginally improve the post-impact compressive strength of the laminates.
Inglese
Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
978-3-319-95509-4
978-3-319-95510-0
Springer New York LLC
STATI UNITI D'AMERICA
159
167
9
http://www.springer.com/series/8922
SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, 2018
Comitato scientifico
4 June 2018 through 7 June 2018
Greenville, NC, USA
internazionale
scientifica
Composite; Delamination; Laminated structures; Through-thickness reinforcements; Z-pin; Engineering (all); Computational Mechanics; Mechanical Engineering
no
4 Contributo in Atti di Convegno (Proceeding)::4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno
Francesconi, L.; Aymerich, F.
273
2
4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno
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info:eu-repo/semantics/conferencePaper
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