Compression after impact of flax/PLA biodegradable composites Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2017

start page

  • 127

end page

  • 135


  • 59

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0142-9418

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-2348


  • A study of the impact behaviour and the post-impact residual strength of fully biodegradable composites is presented in this work. To this end, low-velocity impact tests and compressive residual strength tests were carried out on flax/PLA laminates. The results were compared with carbon/epoxy laminates, showing some important advantages in terms of absorbed energy and normalized residual strength. The reason was attributed to different energy absorption mechanisms; the main failure mode in flax/PLA laminates is fibre failure while residual strength of carbon/epoxy laminates is dominated by delaminations. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


  • Mechanical Engineering


  • impact behaviour; residual strength; biocomposite; natural fibres; low-velocity impact; mechanical-properties; behavior; fibers; plates; biocomposites; temperature; beams; hemp