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Glass/carbon fibre hybrid composite laminates for structural applications in automotive vehicles

Zhang, J., Chaisombat, K., He, S. and Wang, C. H. 2012, Glass/carbon fibre hybrid composite laminates for structural applications in automotive vehicles, in ICSAT 2012 : Sustainable automotive technologies 2012 : proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Automotive Technologies, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 69-74, doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-24145-1_10.

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Title Glass/carbon fibre hybrid composite laminates for structural applications in automotive vehicles
Author(s) Zhang, J.
Chaisombat, K.
He, S.
Wang, C. H.
Conference name Sustainable Automotive Technologies. Conference (4th : 2012 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 21-23 Mar. 2012
Title of proceedings ICSAT 2012 : Sustainable automotive technologies 2012 : proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Automotive Technologies
Editor(s) Subic, Aleksandar
Wellnitz, Jörg
Leary, Martin
Koopmans, Lucien
Publication date 2012
Conference series Sustainable Automotive Technologies. Conference
Start page 69
End page 74
Total pages 6
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Summary Light-weight structure is one of the keys to improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the environmental buden of transport vehicles (automotive and rail). While fibreglass composites have been increasingly used to replace steel in automotive industry, the adoption rate for carbon fibre composites which are much lighter, stronger and stiffere than glass fibre composites, remains low. The main reason is the high cost of carbon fibres. To further reduce vehicle weight without excessive cost increase, one technique is to incorporate carbon fibre reinforcement into glass fibre composites and innovative design by selectively reinforcing along the main load path. Glass/carbon woven fabrics with epoxy resin matrix were utilised for preparing hybrid composite laminates. The in-plane mechanical properties such as tensile and three-point-bending flexural properties were investigated for laminates with different carbon fibre volume and lay-up scheme. It is shown that hybrid composite laminates with 50% carbon fibre reinforcement provide the best flexural properties when the carbon layers are at the exterior, while the alternating carbon/glass lay-up provides the highest compressive strength.
ISBN 364224145X
9783642241451
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-24145-1_10
Field of Research 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio Economic Objective 861302 Automotive Equipment
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049266

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Institute for Frontier Materials
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