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Quasi-Static and Low-Velocity Impact Behavior of Intraply Hybrid Flax/Basalt Composites

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Department of Chemical Engineering Materials Environment, Sapienza-Università di Roma and UdR INSTM, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma, Italy
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Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research of Council, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli (NA), Italy
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Institute for Polymer, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Piazzale Enrico Fermi, 1, 80055 Portici (NA), Italy
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Fibers 2019, 7(3), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/fib7030026
Received: 20 February 2019 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 19 March 2019 / Published: 22 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Fiber-Reinforced Hybrid Composites)
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Abstract

In an attempt to increase the low-velocity impact response of natural fiber composites, a new hybrid intraply woven fabric based on flax and basalt fibers has been used to manufacture laminates with both thermoplastic and thermoset matrices. The matrix type (epoxy or polypropylene (PP) with or without a maleated coupling agent) significantly affected the absorbed energy and the damage mechanisms. The absorbed energy at perforation for PP-based composites was 90% and 50% higher than that of epoxy and compatibilized PP composites, respectively. The hybrid fiber architecture counteracted the influence of low transverse strength of flax fibers on impact response, irrespective of the matrix type. In thermoplastic laminates, the matrix plasticization delayed the onset of major damage during impact and allowed a better balance of quasi-static properties, energy absorption, peak force, and perforation energy compared to epoxy-based composites. View Full-Text
Keywords: flax fibers; basalt fibers; intraply flax/basalt hybrid; low-velocity impact; mechanical properties flax fibers; basalt fibers; intraply flax/basalt hybrid; low-velocity impact; mechanical properties
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Sarasini, F.; Tirillò, J.; Ferrante, L.; Sergi, C.; Russo, P.; Simeoli, G.; Cimino, F.; Ricciardi, M.R.; Antonucci, V. Quasi-Static and Low-Velocity Impact Behavior of Intraply Hybrid Flax/Basalt Composites. Fibers 2019, 7, 26.

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