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posted on 2021-06-04, 19:07 authored by Fatima AlabtahFatima Alabtah
This paper aims to examine fiber type and fiber orientation’s effects on the interface bonding between steel and
fiber‐reinforced composites. To this end, fracture loads for modes I and II were experimentally determined.
Three different composites were used: glass fibers/epoxy (GFRP), carbon fibers/epoxy (CFRP), and Kevlar
fibers/epoxy (KFRP). Seven different fabric orientations were examined: 0°, 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 75°, and 90°.
End‐notched flexure (ENF) and Double cantilever beam (DCB) tests were utilized to determine modes I and
II fracture toughness, respectively. Results showed that fiber orientations and fiber types have significantly
affected the interface bonding between the steel and fiber‐reinforced composite. For both modes I and II tests,
the CFRP/steel interface exhibited the highest toughness when comparing the different tested fabric types.
However, when comparing the different tested fabric orientations for GFRP/Steel, the 0° GFRP/Steel interface
had the maximum toughness for modes I and II tests. All steel‐composite specimens tested have shown matrix,
debonding, fiber breakage, delamination, and fiber kinking using the scanning electron microscopic technique.