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The Effects of Ultrasonic Treatment on Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials

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Chad Braver, Matthew Tumey, Adam Harlow, Qingyou Han

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. MSEC2009-84149, pp. 547-551; 5 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • ASME 2009 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Volume 1
  • West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, October 4–7, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4361-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3859-4
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced composite materials are highly dependent on proper saturation of the resin within the reinforcement fibers. The research evaluates the effect of ultrasonic treatment during composite curing, in an effort to increase interlaminar bonding strength, lower void content, and improve the matrices ability to transfer stresses to the reinforcement fiber. The testing methods that were performed evaluated the effects or the ultrasonic treatment on the specimen in three point bending, and shear between layers of the matrix. The mechanical properties and the microstructure of the test specimen are discussed.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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