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A technique for the measurement of reinforcement fibre tensile strength at sub-millimetre gauge lengths

Thomason, J.L. and Kalinka, G. (2001) A technique for the measurement of reinforcement fibre tensile strength at sub-millimetre gauge lengths. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 32 (1). pp. 85-90. ISSN 1359-835X

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The strength of composite reinforcement fibres is normally measured on samples of much greater length than the actual residual fibre lengths found in many composite materials. This is due to a number of limitations of the standard techniques which are employed. We present a description of a technique which enables values for the tensile strength of composite reinforcement fibres at short gauge lengths to be obtained. The technique is based on an adaptation of a micro-mechanical test apparatus for fibre pullout measurements. Data is presented which was obtained at gauge lengths of 180-380 m on E-glass and S-2 glass® fibres taken from different chopped reinforcement products. The technique can be used at gauge lengths as short as 20 m. The data indicates that the values of average fibre strength in these products are significantly below the pristine glass strength values.