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Through-thickness Electrical Conductivity of Toughened CFRP Laminate

YOSHIYASU HIRANO, TAKUYA YAMANE and AKIRA TODOROKI

Abstract


CFRP laminated composites have orthotropic electric conductivity. Despite the existence of insulator resin-rich layers between each ply, the toughened CFRP laminates have electric conductivity in the thickness direction, which plays important role in delamination monitoring with changes in electrical resistance or numerical simulation on lightning current damage. However, the measured electric conductance has not been confirmed to be a material property for toughened CFRP. The objective of the present study is thus to clarify the mechanism of realizing electric conductivity in the through-thickness direction. During the curing process, alternating current is applied, and impedance is measured for toughened CFRP. It is found that conductivity in the through-thickness direction of toughened CFRP laminates is due to chance carbon fibre contact between plies during the curing process, and is not a material property.

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