Interleaving thermoplastic veils has proved to enhance the interlaminar fracture toughness of carbon fibre/epoxy composites under static loading conditions. However, the fatigue delamination behaviour has yet to be investigated. Herein, meltable Polyamide-12 (PA) veils and non-meltable Polyphenylene-sulphide (PPS) veils were used for interlay toughening of unidirectional (UD) and non-crimp fabric (NCF) laminates that were manufactured using a prepreg process and resin transfer moulding process, respectively. The results of Mode-I fatigue delamination tests demonstrated a significant improvement in the fatigue life of the laminates due to interleaving. Additionally, the fatigue resistance energy has been maximumly increased by 143% and 190% for the UD and NCF laminates, respectively. The microscopy analysis revealed that the toughening mechanisms of thermoplastic veils were affected by the form of the thermoplastic veils in the laminates (melted or non-melted), the fracture mechanisms of the reference laminates and the adhesion/miscibility between the thermoplastic veils and the epoxy.
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- Fatigue delamination
- Interlay toughening
- Thermoplastic fibres
- Toughening mechanism