Imperial College London

Prof Milo Shaffer

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Materials Chemistry



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BibTex format

author = {Finley, JM and Yu, H and Longana, ML and Pimenta, S and Shaffer, MSP and Potter, KD},
doi = {10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.11.028},
journal = {Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing},
pages = {592--606},
title = {Exploring the pseudo-ductility of aligned hybrid discontinuous composites using controlled fibre-type arrangements},
url = {},
volume = {107},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Pseudo-ductility presents a potential means for preventing catastrophic failure in composite materials; large deformations will prevent brittle fracture and provide warning before final failure. This work explores how the pseudo-ductility and strength of aligned hybrid discontinuous composites can be controlled by manipulating the arrangement of different fibre types. Aligned carbon/glass hybrid specimens with different fibre arrangements are manufactured and tested using a modification to the High Performance Discontinuous Fibre (HiPerDiF) method. Experimental results are complemented by an improved virtual testing framework, which accurately captures the fracture behaviour of a range of hybrid discontinuous composite microstructures. With a randomly intermingled fibre arrangement as a baseline, a 27% increase in strength and a 44% increase in pseudo-ductility can be achieved when low elongation fibres are completely isolated from one-another. Results demonstrate that the HiPerDiF method is the current state-of-the-art for maximising the degree of intermingling and hence the pseudo-ductility of hybrid composites.
AU - Finley,JM
AU - Yu,H
AU - Longana,ML
AU - Pimenta,S
AU - Shaffer,MSP
AU - Potter,KD
DO - 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.11.028
EP - 606
PY - 2017///
SN - 1359-835X
SP - 592
TI - Exploring the pseudo-ductility of aligned hybrid discontinuous composites using controlled fibre-type arrangements
T2 - Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UR -
UR -
VL - 107
ER -