Methodology for characterisation of glass fibre composite architecture

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

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The present study outlines a methodology for microstructural characterisation of fibre reinforced composites containing circular fibres. Digital micrographs of polished cross-sections are used as input to a numerical image processing tool that determines spatial mapping and radii detection of the fibres. The information is used for different analyses to investigate and characterise the fibre architecture. As an example, the methodology is applied to glass fibre reinforced composites with varying fibre contents. The different fibre volume fractions (FVFs) affect the number of contact points per fibre, the communal fibre distance and the local FVF. The fibre diameter distribution and packing pattern remain somewhat similar for the considered materials. The methodology is a step towards a better understanding of the composite microstructure and can be used to evaluate the interconnection between fibre architecture and composite properties.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlastics, Rubber & Composites
Issue number4/5
Pages (from-to)187-193
StatePublished - 2012
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 5


  • Glass fibres, Scanning electron microscopy, Composite microstructure, Microstructural characterisation
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