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The integrity of polymer composites during and after fire

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Geoff Gibson, Dr Peter Wright, Professor Adrian Mouritz


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The changes to the mechanical properties of woven glass laminates with polyester, vinyl esters and phenolic resins during fire exposure are discussed. Unstressed laminates are exposed to a constant one sided heat flux and the residual post-fire strength at room temperature are observed. The modes of loading involving compressive stress are more adversely affected by fire exposures. The analysis shows that integrity times in fire are short and composite structures are more prone to local compressive failure.

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Author(s): Gibson AG, Wright PNH, Wu Y-S, Mouritz AP, Mathys Z, Gardiner CP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Composite Materials

Year: 2004

Volume: 38

Issue: 15

Pages: 1283-1307

ISSN (print): 0021-9983

ISSN (electronic): 1530-793X

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0021998304042733


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