Interlaminar adhesion assessment of carbon-epoxy laminates under salt water ageing using peel tests

Marcio Moreira Arouche, Sandip Budhe, Mariana D. Banea, Sofia Teixeira De Freitas, Silvio de Barros

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The aim of this study is to assess the interlaminar adhesion of carbon-epoxy laminates under salt water condition. Carbon-epoxy laminate specimens were immersed in a salt water tank for 60 days. Some specimens were then dried at
room temperature for 280 days, until recovering their initial weight. Specimens were tested using the composite peel test, an adaptation of the floating roller peel tests for composite materials. The results showed a degradation of peel strength in some areas due to the ageing process. The drying process did not affect the test results. A scanning electron microscopic analysis carried out on the fracture surface of the specimens revealed a typical mode I failure microstructure. A mixture of matrix failure and fibre/matrix interfacial failure was observed in non-aged specimens. Finally, a chemical characterization of the fracture surfaces with energy-dispersive spectroscopy confirmed the penetration of salt water in regions near the edge of the specimens. A degradation of the fibre/matrix interface adhesion was observed in affected areas. Floating roller peel tests proved to be a fast and effective method to access the interlaminar adhesion performance of composite laminates.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalInstitution of Mechanical Engineers. Proceedings. Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018


  • Interlaminar adhesion
  • composite peel tests
  • CFRP
  • salt water ageing
  • drying

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