Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Shivakumar, Kunigal

Abstract

The objective of this research was to assess the effect of polymer nanofiber interleaving on the onset of edge delamination and propagation under both static and cyclic loading conditions. The material selected was AS4/3501-6 carbon fiber/epoxy laminate, an aerospace grade autoclave processed composite. The interleaving fabric was Nylon-66 produced by an electrospinning process. The equivalent thickness was 0.82 m, average areal density was 0.93 g/m2, and diameter range was 75 – 200 nm.

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