A literature survey of adhesion was undertaken with special emphasis
on plastics, glass fibres and existing methods of measuring adhesion
and comparing physical properties. The effectiveness of adhesion in
carbon-fibre reinforced plastics has hitherto been determined by
inter-laminar shear strength testing, although the true meaning of this
test may still be obscure. The present work set out to measure
adhesion between single carbon fibres and polymers, (a) by pulling
single carbon fibres from solidified drops of plastic (a technique not
previously reported in the literature) and (b) by stressing clear
thermoset resins in which single fibres were embedded......
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.