Sojan Andrews Zachariah, Satish Shenoy, Dayananda Pai

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Remarkable advances in the research and development of micro/mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) seek thin, lightweight and strong materials for their structural applications. As these structures involve various loading conditions in both the in-plane and through-the-thickness directions during their life cycle, the assurance of the structural stability in each direction is deemed mandatory. The woven Aramid fibers as high strain materials (HSM) are known to improve the through-the-thickness impact strength. However, the addition of the HSM can affect the overall tensile behavior of composite laminates. This study investigates the effect of the woven Aramid fiber on the in-plane tensile behavior of Carbon/ epoxy laminates. Laminates are fabricated using an easy and cost-effective Vacuum Assisted Resin Infusion Molding (VARIM) setup. A uniaxial tensile test was conducted to analyze the tensile behavior of Carbon/Aramid hybrid composites. The effect of adding the woven Aramid layer and the Carbon fabric sequence on the tensile modulus, strain to failure and modulus of toughness are investigated in this study. The results revealed that the presence of Aramid has a positive hybrid effect on the failure strain, exhibiting pseudo-ductile behavior with a compromise in the tensile modulus of the virgin Carbon/epoxy laminate.


Hybrid composites, Pseudo – ductility, Woven Fabric polymer composites, Ultimate strain to failure

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