While receiving a growing attention in recent years, natural fibers cannot completely replace synthetic fibers as composite reinforcement for structural applications due to both their low durability in wet or humid environments and their limited and not homogenous overall performance. In this context, the purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of a humid/dry cycle on the mechanical stability of epoxy-based laminates reinforced with flax and glass fibers by using a topological weakening and softening map as simplified tool. The objective is, preliminarily, to evaluate the influence of glass fiber hybridization on the properties recovery of flax fiber reinforced composites subjected to alternate salt-fog/dry cycle. All laminates studied were subjected to salt spray for 15 or 30 days, and then stored in a dry controlled environment (50% relative humidity and 22 °C) for up to 21 days. The results evidenced that, compared to flax fiber reinforced composites, the glass hybridization of flax composite significantly reduce the mechanical performances degradation over time during the humid stage (about 28.0% better than flax one in stiffness). Furthermore, the mechanical performance recovery is promoted during the dry stage. A simplified topological map was lastly developed to graphically assess the decline and recovery of composites’ performances during the humid/dry cycle, amplifying the application and design effects of this approach.

Calabrese L., Fiore V., Valenza A., Proverbio E. (2023). A topological weakening and softening map as simplified tool to assess the performances recovery of hybridized natural fiber reinforced composites subjected to alternate salt-fog/dry cycle. POLYMER TESTING, 127 [10.1016/j.polymertesting.2023.108186].

A topological weakening and softening map as simplified tool to assess the performances recovery of hybridized natural fiber reinforced composites subjected to alternate salt-fog/dry cycle

Fiore V.;Valenza A.;
2023-10-01

Abstract

While receiving a growing attention in recent years, natural fibers cannot completely replace synthetic fibers as composite reinforcement for structural applications due to both their low durability in wet or humid environments and their limited and not homogenous overall performance. In this context, the purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of a humid/dry cycle on the mechanical stability of epoxy-based laminates reinforced with flax and glass fibers by using a topological weakening and softening map as simplified tool. The objective is, preliminarily, to evaluate the influence of glass fiber hybridization on the properties recovery of flax fiber reinforced composites subjected to alternate salt-fog/dry cycle. All laminates studied were subjected to salt spray for 15 or 30 days, and then stored in a dry controlled environment (50% relative humidity and 22 °C) for up to 21 days. The results evidenced that, compared to flax fiber reinforced composites, the glass hybridization of flax composite significantly reduce the mechanical performances degradation over time during the humid stage (about 28.0% better than flax one in stiffness). Furthermore, the mechanical performance recovery is promoted during the dry stage. A simplified topological map was lastly developed to graphically assess the decline and recovery of composites’ performances during the humid/dry cycle, amplifying the application and design effects of this approach.
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Settore ING-IND/22 - Scienza E Tecnologia Dei Materiali
Calabrese L., Fiore V., Valenza A., Proverbio E. (2023). A topological weakening and softening map as simplified tool to assess the performances recovery of hybridized natural fiber reinforced composites subjected to alternate salt-fog/dry cycle. POLYMER TESTING, 127 [10.1016/j.polymertesting.2023.108186].
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