화학공학소재연구정보센터
Composite Interfaces, Vol.6, No.4, 375-389, 1999
The microdroplet test: experimental and finite element analysis of the dependance of failure mode on droplet shape
The microdroplet technique is usually designed as a fibre embedded in a drop of resin and subsequently pulled out while the drop is being supported by two knife edges, resulting in either debonding of the droplets from the fibres, or breakage of the fibres before debonding can occur. In this study, the microdroplet technique was performed using a platinum ring with a 40 mu m hole instead of the usual two knife edges, giving an axisymmetric geometry, load and stress distribution. Glass/phenolic and glass/polyester composite systems were tested experimentally and subsequent finite element modelling studies were performed to assess the variation of droplet size, and contact angle between the droplet and fibre, It was found that contact angle is of major influence in the proposed failure model. This study characterizes the influence of the contact angle between the droplet and the fibre on the subsequent stress distribution in the microdroplet specimen.