2007 Volume 48 Issue 7 Pages 1924-1927
Glass fiber reinforced polymers GFRPs are increasingly being applied as structural materials with their advantages of light weight and high strength in the fields of aerospace engineering and rapid transport engineering. To strengthen the GFRPs, sheet electron beam (EB) irradiation under low potential has been performed homogeneously. Effects of EB-irradiation on Charpy impact value of GFRPs have been studied. The irradiation, applied as a short-time treatment at room temperature, enhances the impact value of GFRPs at every fracture probability. The effect of EB-irradiation on the impact value of GFRPs mainly depends on the ductility enhancement of the GFRPs. EB-irradiation also enhances the reliability indicated by the minimum impact value (as), as well as the Weibull coefficient.