Experimental investigation of transverse loading on composite panels coated with different gelcoat colors subjected to UV radiation and hygrothermal aging


Dogan A., ARMAN Y., ÖZDEMİR O.

MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS, vol.6, no.2, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/2053-1591/aaeb67
  • Journal Name: MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: low velocity impact, gelcoat, hygrothermal effect, UV effect, glass fiber, REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITES, DYNAMIC-MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, FIBER/EPOXY COMPOSITES, MATRIX COMPOSITES, EPOXY COMPOSITES, IMPACT BEHAVIOR, CARBON-FIBER, GLASS, MOISTURE, TEMPERATURE
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This study focuses on the effects of hygrothermal and UV radiation aging on the reinforced epoxy composites coated with gelcoat. The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of gelcoat colors on the tensile properties, impact behavior and thermodynamic properties of the composite panels after the aging process has been performed. Two different gelcoat colors were chosen as black and yellow. Unidirectional E-glass fiber fabrics with an areal density 300 g m(-2) as reinforcement and epoxy matrix were used. Vacuum-assisted resin infusion molding (VARIM) method was used to manufacture composite panels. The tensile test specimens were prepared according to ASTM standards. Tensile strength of both fiber and transverse directions, the impact perforation threshold, and stroge modulus of the aged samples decreased compared to unaged (virgin) samples. However, the drop in mentioned properties for coated materials is less than for uncoated materials, especially in yellow coated materials. The temperature of hygrothermal conditions significantly affected the perforation threshold. Moreover, the tensile strength in transverse direction in yellow samples decreased approximately 13%, while it decreased 23% in the black coated samples. Impact perforation threshold of unaged (virgin), uncoated, coated with yellow gelcoat and coated with black gelcoat is obtained to be 75, 57, 65 and 61 J, respectively.