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The recent attention toward the environmental protection, as well as to the restrictive regulations in term of material recycling, have led to a noticeable interest of the scientific research for biocomposites, i.e. materials constituted by natural fibers and eco-friendly matrix. Although various research works have been focused on such innovative materials, only a few articles have been devoted to the their fracture strenght (thoughness).The present work regards the experimental study of the translaminar fracture behavior (in mode I) of biocomposite laminates constituted by green epoxy matrix reinforced by optimized agave sisalana fibers, varying the main influence parameters as the fiber concentration and the lay-up (unidirectional, cross-ply, angle-ply etc.).The fracture tests in mode I, have been performed by using Compact Tension (CT) specimens, in order to determine both the critical Stress Intensity Factor (SIFc) and the so called Critical Strain Energy Release Rate (CSERR).In more detail, several CT specimens have been manufactured by hand lay-up and successive compression-moulding process whose parameters have been optimized in previous study of the same authors. To this aim proper stitched fabrics have been previously manufactured in laboratory. In order to detect the optimal method for an accurate experimental analysis of the CSERR, the results provided by the Area Method and the Compliance Calibration, have been compared.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAS 2019 - Atti del XXXXVIII Convegno Nazionale
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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