Volumetric composition in composites and historical data

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    The obtainable volumetric composition in composites is of importance for the prediction of mechanical and physical properties, and in particular to assess the best possible (normally the highest) values for these properties. The volumetric model for the composition of (fibrous) composites gives guidance to the optimal combination of fibre content, matrix content and porosity content, in order to achieve the best obtainable properties. Several composite materials systems have been shown to be handleable with this model. An extensive series of experimental data for the system of cellulose fibres and polymer (resin) was produced in 1942 – 1944, and these data have been (re-)analysed by the volumetric composition model, and the property values for density, stiffness and strength have been evaluated. Good agreement has been obtained and some further observations have been extracted from the analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProceedings of the Risø International Symposium on Materials Science
    Pages (from-to)279-294
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event 34th Risø International Symposium on Materials Science: Processing of fibre composites – challenges for maximum materials performance - Technical University of Denmark, Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark
    Duration: 2 Sept 20135 Sept 2013


    Conference 34th Risø International Symposium on Materials Science
    LocationTechnical University of Denmark, Risø Campus


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