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Novel fibre metal laminate sandwich composite structure with sisal woven core

Vieira, Luciano Machado Gomes, dos Santos, Júlio Cesar, Panzera, Túlio Hallak, Rubio, Juan Carlos Campos, Scarpa, Fabrizio
Industrial crops and products 2017 v.99 pp. 189-195
aluminum, cold, composite materials, delamination, manufacturing, modulus of rupture, sisal, tensile strength
Fibre metal laminates (FMLs) have been widely used to manufacture airframe components. This work describes novel sisal fibre reinforced aluminium laminates (SiRALs) that have been prepared by cold pressing techniques and tested under tensile, flexural and impact loading. The pristine sisal fabric and the sisal fibre reinforced composites (SFRCs) were also tested to understand the difference in mechanical performance of the sisal fibre metal laminates. The SiRALs achieved not only the highest modulus and strength, but also the highest specific properties. The mean specific tensile strength and modulus of the SIRALs reached increases of 132% and 267%, respectively, when compared to the sisal fibre reinforced composites (SFRCs). Moreover, the mean specific flexural strength and modulus of the SiRALs were significantly higher than SFRCs, revealing increases of 430% and 973%, respectively. A delamination fracture mode was noted for SiRALs under bending testing. The SiRALs can be considered promising and sustainable composite materials for structural and multifunctional applications.