Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Shivakumar, Kunigal

Abstract

The primary limitation of fiber reinforced composite laminates is their poor interlaminar strength and fracture toughness that result in poor impact damage resistance and tolerance. A number of methods have been tried to address this limitation. These methods are limited by factors such as increase in cost, weight, or loss of in-plane properties. A promising approach which does not degrade the in-plane properties is interleaving. Thermoplastic particle interleaving has been applied to reinforce laminates but the primary concern of in-plane properties degradation has not been addressed.

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