Fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites consist of two or more components
combined to give a synergistic effect for a better performance in service. One of the
phases comprises layers of fibrous material while the other phase comprises of a
polymer matrix. In this project, carbon fibre pre-preg material was used.
All materials contain imperfections. Materials constituents and manufacturing
anomalies are the main causes of faults in FRP composites. The presence of voids
in FRP composites is the most common defect.
The aim of this project was to determine the influence of voids on the static
and dynamic compressive properties of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP)
composites. The influence of voids on fatigue life and failure behaviour were also
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Oversea Research Students Award [funding body unspecified].