Development and Experimental Characterization of Fibre Metal Laminates to Predict the Fatigue Life
Boopathy G1, Vijayakumar K.R2, Chinnapandian M3, Gurusami K4

1Boopathy G, Research Scholar, St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai. & Assoc. Professor, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sangunthala R&D Institute of Science & Technology, Chennai.
2Vijayakumar K.R, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai.
3Chinnapandian M, Professor, Aeronautical Engineering, St. Peter’s College of Engineering & Technology, Chennai.
4Gurusami K, Professor, St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai.

Manuscript received on 12 August 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 18 August 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 August 2019 | PP: 2815-2819 | Volume-8 Issue-10, August 2019 | Retrieval Number: J95970881019/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.J9597.0881019
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Abstract: During the last two decades, the concept of Fibre Metal Laminates (FMLs) has been evolved to find solution to the requirement of improving mechanical properties and reducing structural weight of elemental components of aircraft structures. In this work FML is prepared using Al 2024 by placing alternately with glass/carbon/aramid Fibres. From experimental results of FML shows greater advantage in mechanical properties then aluminium monolithic layer and this composite fibre laminates individual. The FMLs tested in this work were made of 3 layers of 2024 T3 aluminium alloy 0.28 mm thickness and fibre mats. The 5-3/2 laminates of size 300×300 mm with 3 mm thick were prepared using Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Moulding (VARTM) in cold compaction and test specimen were cut by using abrasive water jet machining as per ASTM Standards. The adhesion between fibre and metal layer will play a major role in strength of FML. By keeping this in consideration FMLs were prepared without blow holes and capable of withstanding delamination while preparing specimens through water jet and during various tests employed. The fracture surfaces of destructed specimens are studied with help Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image. Similarly, the numerical simulation of all the tests were done using Ansys APDL 10.0 Software. It is observed that aramid FML have substantially stronger in longitudinal directions. Hence, more priority given in this paper to investigate tensile strength and fatigue life of aramid FML.
Keywords: FML, VARTM, SEM, Fatigue, Fracture Surface, Numerical Simulations.

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