Degradation of Carbon Fiber-reinforced Epoxy Composites by Ultraviolet Radiation and Condensation

@inproceedings{Kumar2002DegradationOC,
  title={Degradation of Carbon Fiber-reinforced Epoxy Composites by Ultraviolet Radiation and Condensation},
  author={B. Gokul Vinoth Kumar and Raman Preet Singh and Toshio Nakamura},
  year={2002}
}
The degradation of an IM7/997 carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy exposed to ultraviolet radiation and/or condensation has been characterized. Based on observations of physical and chemical degradation it has been established that these environments operate in a synergistic manner that causes extensive erosion of the epoxy matrix, resulting in a reduction in mechanical properties. Matrix dominated properties are affected the most, with the transverse tensile strength decreasing by 29% after only 1000… CONTINUE READING
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