Composite Materials


  • Mundher A. Dookhi Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Kufa, Republic of Iraq
  • Ahmed A. Tahir Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Kufa, Republic of Iraq



Composite materials, Crack, Fracture mechanics, Polymer, Mechanical properties


Increasing the strength of the matrix material rather than increasing stiffness is frequently the primary objective when designing composite materials. This is typically the case when the matrix is made of brittle, low-strength material. the resilience of this matrix substance Usually, it is determined by the initial flaws in the raw material. Depending on the microstructure of the composite material, these flaws or fissures may be large or minor. The orientations of the foil fibers, which can be customized to improve the performance of the laminate, have a significant impact on the properties of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) laminates.

This study's goal is to look at how matrix cracking affects the mechanical characteristics of FRP chips. The presence and absence of exterior cracks are examined in unidirectional glass fiber reinforced polymer strips. Samples were manually cast using plastic molds constructed in accordance with ASTM standards. It were able to comprehend the impact of external cracking on composite materials through the mechanical tests that were conducted since it causes the material to weaken. Consequently, it is seen as a location where tensions are concentrated.


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How to Cite

Dookhi, Mundher A., and Ahmed A. Tahir. “STUDY THE EFFECT OF EXTERNAL CRACK ON THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS: Composite Materials ”. Kufa Journal of Engineering, vol. 14, no. 4, Oct. 2023, pp. 1-10, doi:10.30572/2018/KJE/140401.