Strain-rate sensitivity of electrically modified carbon/epoxy composites under dynamic compressive loading

Sahand P. Shamchi, Anurag Singh, Carmen Sguazzo, Zhongjie Zhao, Xiaosu Yi, Paulo J. Tavares, Pedro M.G.P. Moreira

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This experimental work focuses on the strain-rate effect of unidirectional carbon/epoxy composite with enhanced electrical conductivity. With respect to the reference composite material, the modification on the electrical properties was realized through interleaving a sliver-loaded conductive veil into the composite laminate, which was developed and supplied by AVIC Composite Center (ACC). Benchmarking was also carried out against the non-modified unidirectional (UD) carbon/epoxy composite, labelled as “reference material”, to study the influence of this modification on the compressive stress-strain behavior of the material. Dynamic compression tests were carried out using a split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) system along with a high-speed camera to monitor the progressive failure of the test samples under impact loading. Quasi-static experiments were also performed using a servo-hydraulic loading frame in accordance with ISO 14126. The findings show a decline on the elastic modulus of the electrically modified composite material when compared with that of reference material, regardless of the exposed loading rates. As for the strain-rate effect, both material configurations were found to be rate dependent. At high loading rates, the longitudinal compressive strength increased by around 60% and 91% for modified and reference UD carbon/epoxy composites, respectively. Despite that, the loading rate appears to have an insignificant effect on the elastic modulus of both material configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1664-1672
Number of pages9
JournalProcedia Structural Integrity
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event1st Virtual European Conference on Fracture, VECF 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jun 20201 Jul 2020


  • Conductive polymer composites
  • Split hopkinson pressure bar
  • Strain-rate effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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