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Evaluation of the Mechanical Performance and Commercial Opportunities of Thick Basalt Composite Structures

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Archer, E, Buchanan, S, Kirby, S and McIlhagger, AT (2012) Evaluation of the Mechanical Performance and Commercial Opportunities of Thick Basalt Composite Structures. In: International Manufacturing Conference, IMC29, Belfast. IMC29. 5 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

New basalt fibre composite applications could be commercialised due to the potential low cost of this material together with its good mechanical performance, in particular at high temperature. In this work the possibility to replace glass fibre was investigated where mechanical tests were carried out on E-glass and basalt fibre reinforced plastic laminates. The basalt laminates tested were manufactured using press forming and the E-glass laminates were manufactured using a VaRTM method. The results obtained on the two fibre laminates were compared showing improved performance of the basalt material in terms of tensile modulus. Furthermore, compression after impact strength (CAI) was obtained for the 15mm thick basalt laminates. These properties suggest possible applications of basalt fibres in fields where glass composites are nowadays largely dominant.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Composites
ID Code:23258
Deposited By:Dr Edward Archer
Deposited On:12 Sep 2012 11:34
Last Modified:12 Sep 2012 11:34

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