Assessment of the effect of embedded RFID tag on a composite laminate strength

Daniele Ambrosini, Dimitrios Zarouchas, Alessandro Pirondi*, Luca Vescovi

*Corresponding author for this work

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RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is commonly used to monitor goods along the supply chain. The feasibility of the application of a RFID tag to monitor CFRP components was demonstrated in a previous work by some of the authors. This work is aimed at evaluating how the integration of a RFID tag inside a CFRP laminate affects the quasi-static strength and the failure mode. Finite element modelling is used to design a specimen with an embedded tag, that may be representative of the tensile state of stress in a larger laminate. Tensile testing is performed both up to failure and by interrupting tests at different load levels in order to inspect the specimen by C-scan. Acoustic Emission (AE) and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) are used as additional non-destructive monitoring techniques. Some interrupted tests were selected to extract micrographic sections that illustrate damage development in the laminate. The extensive destructive and non-destructive characterization allowed to quantify the effect of embedding a RFID tag in the laminate in terms of strength decrease and failure mode.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110691
Number of pages16
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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  • Acoustic emission
  • C-scan
  • Composite laminates
  • Damage
  • DIC
  • RFID


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