Abstract

This paper describes a test methodology used for characterizing different glass-resin composite systems with respect to their low-velocity impact response, dynamic modulus and inherent damping properties. Impact tests were conducted on SMC plaque samples in an instrumented impact test machine. A Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer was used for testing small rectangular samples in the fixed frequency mode of operation. An impulse-frequency response vibration technique was used for obtaining the dynamic modulus and loss factor of cantilever beam specimens at ambient conditions. The dynamic modulus, glass transition and damping peak intensities obtained from the DMA and the vibration techniques are correlated with the impact test data. The potential application for screening glass-resin formulations with respect to their impact performance is discussed.

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