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EPSRC Reference: GR/M99958/01
Title: DESIGN OF INTERPHASES FIBRE COMPOSITES WITH COMBINED QUANTITATIVE BIREFRINGENCES AND RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY
Principal Investigator: Young, Professor RJ
Other Investigators:
Jones, Professor FR Patterson, Professor EA
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Department: Manchester Materials Science Centre
Organisation: UMIST
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2000 Ends: 31 December 2002 Value (£): 78,405
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
R&D Transport Systems and Vehicles
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
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The aim of this project is the determination of matrix (using quantitative birefringence) and fibre composites with deposited distinct or graded inter-phases. The role of plasticity in matrices and inter-phases will be examined using a plasma polymerisation and direct coating techniques. This will allow the properties of the coating to be varied in a systematic way.The validation and development of strained-transfer models will be undertaken using available analytical models and also finite element analysis. The experimental results will be compared with model prediction allowing modification and improvement of these mathematical techniques.The finding from model composites will be used in a scale-up to high fibre volume fraction composites allowing the influence of the observed micro-mechanical failure processes to be assessed.
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