Role of matrix modification on interlaminar shear strength of glass fibre/epoxy composites

Yu Liu, Jiao Ping Yang, Hong Mei Xiao, Cheng Bing Qu, Qing Ping Feng, Shao Yun Fu, Yasuhide Shindo

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Interlaminar shear properties of fibre reinforced polymer composites are important in many structural applications. Matrix modification is an effective way to improve the composite interlaminar shear properties. In this paper, diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-F/diethyl toluene diamine system is used as the starting epoxy matrix. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and reactive aliphatic diluent named n-butyl glycidyl ether (BGE) are employed to modify the epoxy matrix. Unmodified and modified epoxy resins are used for fabricating glass fibre reinforced composites by a hot-press process. The interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) of the glass fibre reinforced composites is investigated and the results indicate that introduction of MWCNT and BGE obviously enhances the ILSS. In particular, the simultaneous addition of 0.5 wt.% MWCNTs and 10 phr BGE leads to the 25.4% increase in the ILSS for the glass fibre reinforced composite. The fracture surfaces of the fibre reinforced composites are examined by scanning electron microscopy and the micrographs are employed to explain the ILSS results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-98
Number of pages4
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan


  • A. Composite
  • A. Glass fibre
  • A. Hot-press process
  • B. Interlaminar shear strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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