Through-thickness Mechanical Characterization of Woven Fabric Composites

J. L. Abot*, I. M. Daniel

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The objective of this study was to investigate the interlaminar or through-thickness deformation and failure of woven fabric composites subjected to quasi-static loading and develop testing methods and specimens that would provide both elastic properties and strengths for moderately thick composites. This study was performed on a thick composite consisting of a satin weave carbon fabric impregnated with an amine-cured epoxy resin. All through-thickness mechanical properties under compressive, tensile, and shear loading with their corresponding failure mechanisms were determined. These properties were also correlated with the corresponding ones for a unidirectional composite having the same fiber and matrix.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-553
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2004


  • Carbon-epoxy composites
  • Experimental
  • Fabric composites
  • Mechanical properties
  • Through-thickness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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