Effect of long-term thermal cycling and moisture on heated Fibre Metal Laminates and glass-fibre epoxy composites

Michiel Hagenbeek, Jos Sinke

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Abstract

Heated GLARE, a Fibre Metal Laminate with an integrated heater element, has a promising potential as de- or anti-icing system in aircraft structures. To investigate the long-term durability of heated GLARE previously reported thermal cycling tests up to 12,000 cycles are extended up to 144,000 cycles and moisture conditioning is included. Similar testing up to 72,000 cycles is performed on FM906 glass-fibre epoxy laminates with an integrated heater element to study the influence of the aluminium layers in GLARE. In all test results the initial decrease in interlaminar shear values from 0 to about 10,000 thermal cycles is followed by a recovery phase and a resumed decline after roughly 60,000 cycles. The decrease in ILSS is expected to be caused by internal stress relief which is counteracted by the positive effect of physical ageing due to elevated temperature exposure. Thermal cycling of conditioned samples generally resulted in slightly larger decreases in interlaminar shear strength for both heated GLARE and heated FM906 glass-fibre epoxy laminates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-508
Number of pages9
JournalComposite Structures
Volume210
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Glass-fibre epoxy composite
  • Heated GLARE
  • Interlaminar shear strength
  • Moisture
  • Thermal cycling

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