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Impact damage characterisation of thermoplastic matrix composites using transmission transient thermography

Santulli, C. (2003) Impact damage characterisation of thermoplastic matrix composites using transmission transient thermography. Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, 19 (3). 79 - 90. ISSN 1058-9759

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In this work, IR thermography is used as a non-destructive tool for impact damage characterisation on thermoplastic E-glass/polypropylene composites for automotive applications. The aim of this experimentation was to compare impact resistance and to characterise damage patterns of different laminates, in order to provide indications for their use in components. Two E-glass/polypropylene composites, commingled ®Twintex (with three different weave structures: directional, balanced and 3-D) and random reinforced GMT, were in particular characterised. Directional and balanced Twintex were also coupled in a number of hybrid configurations with GMT to evaluate the possible use of GMT/Twintex hybrids in high-energy absorption components. The laminates were impacted using a falling weight tower, with impact energies ranging from 15 J to penetration. Using IR thermography during cooling down following a long pulse (3 s), impact damaged areas were characterised and the influence of weave structure on damage patterns was studied. IR thermography offered good accuracy for laminates with thickness not exceeding 3.5 mm: this appears to be a limit for the direct use of this method on components, where more refined signal treatment would probably be needed for impact damage characterisation.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering
ID Code:12352
Uncontrolled Keywords:Transmission transient thermography, Impact damage; Composites, Image analysis

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