Development of Hybrid FRP Materials with Super Fibers for Improving Impact Properties
Fiber-reinforced plastic is attractive as a material that can replace metal. It has been widely used in various engineering fields involving aircraft, ships, and automobiles. Currently, personal safety is an important automobile issue. Improvements in pedestrian safety technology, particularly, are required in order to improve vehicles' impact-absorbing performance. In this study, materials with good impact properties that are lightweight and easy to design with will be considered. In other words, a composite is required that has high toughness and high fracture energy while not being brittle. A method for evaluating the compressive strength after impact using a compression after impact (CAI) test has been adopted. New hybrid FRPs that are lightweight and have good impact properties can now be developed.
Xiaoming Qian and Huawu Liu
Z. Gong et al., "Development of Hybrid FRP Materials with Super Fibers for Improving Impact Properties", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 332-334, pp. 678-682, 2011