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Influence of water ageing on mechanical properties and damage events of two reinforced composite materials: Flax–fibres and glass–fibres

Abstract : Moisture absorption and durability in water environment are major concerns for natural fibres as reinforcement in composites. This paper presents a study on the influence of water ageing on mechanical properties and damage events of flax–fibre composites, compared with glass–fibre composites. The effects of the immersion treatment on the tensile characteristics, water absorption and acoustic emission (AE) recording were investigated. The water absorption results for the flax–fibre composites show that the evolution appears to be Fickian and the saturated weight gain is 12 times as high that the glass–fibre composites. Decreasing continuously with increasing water immersion time, the tensile modulus and the failure strain of flax–fibre composites are hardly affected by water ageing whereas only the tensile stress is reduced regarding the glass–fibre composites. AE indicate that matrix–fibres interface weakening is the main damage mechanism induced by water ageing for both composites.
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M. Assarar, Daniel Scida, A. El Mahi, C. Poilane, R. Ayad. Influence of water ageing on mechanical properties and damage events of two reinforced composite materials: Flax–fibres and glass–fibres. Materials and Design, Elsevier, 2011, 32 (2), pp.788-795. ⟨10.1016/j.matdes.2010.07.024⟩. ⟨hal-02497295⟩

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