CHARACTERIZATION OF THE FRACTURE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF C-SMC MATERIALS
Keywords:C-SMC, Carbon Fiber Composites, Fracture Mechanics, Anisotropy
AbstractThe fracture mechanics of random discontinuous Carbon Fiber Sheet Molding Compound (C-SMC) materials compared to traditional carbon fiber composites are not well understood. An experimental study was carried out to characterize the fracture behavior of such C-SMC materials. Mode I tests, using double cantilever beam specimens, and mode II tests, adopting the four-point bend, end-notched flexure configuration, were performed. Results show high variations in the forcedeflection responses and scatter in the fracture toughness properties GIc and GIIc, due to the complex mesostructure defined by random oriented carbon fiber chips. To investigate the influence of the mesostructure, tensile tests with varying specimen width and thickness were assessed by stochastic measures to find the representative specimen size.