Guanghui Zhao*, Jijia Zhong and Y.X. Zhang Pages 3 - 13 ( 11 )
Background: Short carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composites have many advantages such as high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, low cost, short fabrication time and easy manufacturing. Researches on the mechanical performance of the composites are mainly carried out by means of experimental techniques and numerical calculation.
Objective: The study aims to report the latest progress in the studies of mechanical properties of short carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composites.
Methods: Based on recently published patents and journal papers, the experimental studies of short carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composites are reviewed and the effects of short carbon fibre on the mechanical properties of the composites are discussed. Numerical studies using representative volume element in simulating macroscopic mechanical properties of the short fibre reinforced composites are also reviewed. Finally, future research of short carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composites is proposed.
Results: Experimental techniques, experimental results and numerical simulating methods are discussed.
Conclusion: Mechanical properties of epoxy can be improved by adding short carbon fibres. Fiber surface treatment and matrix modification are effective in enhancing interfacial adhesion between fiber and matrix, and as a result, better mechanical performance is achieved. Compared to the studies on equivalent mechanical properties of the composites, researches on the micro-mechanism of interaction between fiber and matrix are still in infancy due to the complexity of both the internal structure and reinforcing mechanism.
Experimental study, interfacial bonding, mechanical properties, numerical simulation, Representative Volume Element (RVE), Short Carbon Fibre Reinforced Epoxy composites (SCF/EP composites).
School of Mechanical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500, School of Mechanical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500, School of Engineering and Information Technology, The University of New South Wales, Canberra, ACT 2600