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  • 1.
    Forsberg, Fredrik
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Al-Maqdasi, Zainab
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Petkov, Valeri
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Lycksam, Henrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Efficient Use of Micro-Tomography for In-Depth Characterization of Composites2023In: ICCM 2023 - Proceedings of the 2023 23rd International Conference on Composite Materials / [ed] Brian G. Falzon; Conor McCarthy, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland , 2023Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Pakkam Gabriel, Vivek Richards
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Petkov, Valeri Ivanov
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science. Laboratory of Experimental Mechanics of Materials, Riga Technical University, LV-1048 Riga, Latvia.
    Effect of heat treatment and test temperature on transverse cracking in tensile loading2024In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 181, article id 108149Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Accumulation of transverse cracks in carbon fiber heat resistant polymer (with bismaleimide formulation) cross-ply laminates during tensile loading at elevated temperatures and after long heat treatment is analysed. Data shows that both the iso-thermal heat treatment and testing at elevated temperatures reduce the transverse cracking resistance. A two-parameter Weibull failure stress distribution model with scale parameter degrading with heat treatment and elevated temperature is used for crack initiation analysis. The degradation is described by polynomial expansion including interaction terms. Data shows that the scale parameter dependence on the heat treatment time and the test temperature is rather linear. The same expansion parameters have been successfully used for laminates with the same constituents but with a different layup and fiber content.

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  • 3.
    Petkov, Valeri
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Studies on the thermal degradation of thermosetting polyimides and their composites2022Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis contains a background and reflections section, an introduction, and three appended articles. The first section is reserved for some of the background and basics on polymers and polymer composites and a discussion on their effect on our everyday lives. The introduction gives a brief recap of the project. The articles contain the research that was performed on the thermal oxidation of thermosetting polyimides and their composites during the project.

    The first article covered the thermal oxidative degradation of satin weave and thin-ply composites made by resin transfer molding with carbon fibers and thermosetting polyimide. The degradation was studied by weight loss measurements and X-ray computed microtomography. The weight loss measurements showed that the initial desorption stage during ageing followed Fickian behavior and the proposed model. It was also observed that the satin weave composites formed crack clusters that grew into a network of cracks, voids and delaminations throughout the specimens as the ageing time progressed, while the thin-ply composites only formed delaminations at the free edges.

    The second manuscript studied the behavior of the neat polyimide resin when aged for up to 1500 hours in ambient air, and compared it with a newly developed polyimide formulation, with slightly altered chemical composition. The reduced amount of internal crosslinkers in the newer formulation was expected to enhance the fracture toughness of the material. Three-point bending, differential scanning calorimetry, dilatometry, weight loss, light optical microscopy and nanoindentation experiments were performed and highlighted the differences in the thermal and mechanical properties of the two formulations. A slight increase in the fracture toughness was observed, while the glass transition of the new formulation had decreased.

    The third manuscript was aimed at continuing the discussion from the second article on the differences between the two thermosetting polyimides. Thermogravimetric scans showed that the polyimide formulations behaved very similarly under thermal oxidative tests. The initial analysis gave indications that the model could capture well the degradation at high temperatures, but is not adequate in predicting long-term degradation at temperatures around 288–400 °C.

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  • 4.
    Petkov, Valeri
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Solano, Carlos
    Nexam Chemical AB.
    Assessment of the Properties of two High-Temperature Thermosetting Polyimides2022In: ECCM 2022 - Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials: Composites Meet Sustainability / [ed] Vassilopoulos, Anastasios P.; Michaud, Véronique, EPFL Lausanne, Composite Construction Laboratory , 2022, Vol. 6, p. 8-15Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel thermosetting polyimide, NEXIMID R300, is introduced and compared with the commercial MHT-R in terms of fracture toughness, thermal properties and ageing behaviour. The new R300 formulation has an altered chemical composition compared to the MHT-R, resulting in a reduced cross-linking density, and was presented as a less susceptible to cracking and a more processable alternative during composite manufacturing with resin transfer moulding. The study uses fracture toughness with single edge notched beam setup, DSC, dilatometry, weight loss measurements and optical microscopy for investigation of the neat resin properties of both material. A slight increase in fracture toughness and a decrease in glass transition temperature for the R300 formulation is observed.

  • 5.
    Petkov, Valeri Ivanov
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Characterisation of thermally induced degradation of high-temperature polymers and composites2024Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This project aimed to broaden the knowledge of high-temperature polymers and composites when exposed to elevated temperatures and an oxygen-containing atmosphere. The main accent has been on thermosetting polyimide resins reinforced with carbon fibers. When subjected to harsh atmospheric conditions, such as elevated temperatures and oxygen, polymer resins can undergo thermo-oxidative degradation, often resulting in weight loss and a surface layer with altered properties. High-temperature composites could experience such environments during operation. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how exposure to it could affect their performance. To simulate such an environment in the lab, the materials are aged in a controlled manner in a furnace or other equipment. The ageing of polyimide composites in this project was often performed at temperatures at or above 288 degrees Celsius for extended periods of up to 1500 hours.

    The first part of the project, and the first article, delved into the effect of different layups and thicknesses of the carbon fiber bundles on the thermo-oxidative behaviour of two composite materials made with the same thermosetting polyimide. Modelling the desorption during the initial stages of the ageing, showed that it exhibited a Fickian behaviour. X-ray computed tomography experiments were used to investigate the ageing behaviour of the materials and revealed that the satin weave composite formed a network of cracks, voids, and delaminations, that progressed with the ageing time, while the damage in the material made of thin plies was in the form of delaminations at the edges. The analysis of the tomographic datasets was performed using Otsu’s thresholding method for semantic segmentation of the defects within the materials.

    In an attempt to counter the crack formation on the surface of the satin weave composite observed during the first study, a new polyimide formulation was developed by the manufacturer. The amount of internal crosslinkers was reduced, aiming to increase the toughness of the resin after curing. The second article compares neat resin samples of the original and newly developed formulations with the help of a three-point bending test, differential scanning calorimetry, dilatometry, weight loss, light optical microscopy and nanoindentation experiments. Samples were aged up to 1500 hours in ambient air. The results showed that while there were hints of a slight increase in the fracture toughness of the new formulation, the glass transition temperature had decreased, compared to the original resin.

    The two formulations were further investigated and compared with the help of thermogravimetric analysis in the fourth paper. Experiments were performed in isothermal and non-isothermal conditions for more robust results. It was found that the thermal oxidation of the two materials follows an autocatalytic model. The study highlights the importance of using both isothermal and non-isothermal data in the pursuit of more precise and robust analysis and modelling of the thermal oxidation of high-temperature polymers. Based on the results, a diagram, predicting the weight loss at specific times and temperatures, was created for each material.

    An alternative way of studying crack formation within challenging polymer composite tomographic datasets was presented in the fourth article. Instead of using a thresholding method, such as the

    previously used Otsu’s in the first study, in this case, a deep learning model was applied to the datasets to follow the progressive micro-cracking within the composite during a series of thermo-mechanical loadings. In contrast to a global thresholding method, which segments all defects within the dataset, the deep learning model, Attention U-Net, made it possible to create a more straightforward and robust way of performing segmentation on transverse cracks. The model was compared to and outperformed both Otsu’s method and a conventional U-Net.

    The previously developed methodology for semantic segmentation and the obtained results on transverse cracks were applied in a practical case in the fifth article, where the developed damage prediction model assumes that transverse cracks in thick plies span through the whole width of the specimen. The tomography and deep learning methodology helped shed light on the nature of the cracks and showed that previous assumptions, based on edge observation with light optical microscopy, should be taken as a conservative estimation.

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  • 6.
    Petkov, Valeri Ivanov
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Damage development during thermal ageing in carbon fibrereinforced polyimide composites2022In: Svenska Mekanikdagar 2022 / [ed] Pär Jonsén; Lars-Göran Westerberg; Simon Larsson; Erik Olsson, Luleå tekniska universitet, 2022Conference paper (Refereed)
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  • 7.
    Petkov, Valeri Ivanov
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Joffe, Roberts
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Thermal oxidative aging of satin weave and thin-ply polyimide composites2022In: Polymer Composites, ISSN 0272-8397, E-ISSN 1548-0569, Vol. 43, no 5, p. 2615-2627Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The weight loss and damage development of satin weave and thin-ply carbon fiber-reinforced polyimide composites are studied during high temperature (288 and 320°C) aging in air. Two distinct regions are identified in the weight loss measurements—a rapid initial desorption and a subsequent slower weight loss, which is attributed to matrix degradation. The initial desorption stage is modeled by combining material constitutive properties from literature, micro-mechanics and a one-dimensional Fickian diffusion model. Two different damage patterns are observed by using optical microscopy and X-ray computed tomography on specimens before and after aging. Crack clusters form a network in satin weave composites, while edge delaminations are observed in thin-ply laminates, which are known for their enhanced resistance to matrix cracking.

  • 8.
    Petkov, Valeri Ivanov
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Pakkam Gabriel, Vivek Richards
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Semantic segmentation of progressive micro-cracking in polymer composites using Attention U-Net architecture2024In: Tomography of Materials and Structures, ISSN 2949-673X, Vol. 5, article id 100028Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study delivers a methodology for investigating the gradual damage development in a carbon fibre-reinforced cross-ply polymer composite during a sequence of thermo-mechanical loadings with the help of X-ray computed tomography. The procedure allows an in-depth analysis of the occurrence and nature of the multiple cracks that form within layers oriented perpendicular, or transverse, to the loading direction. This is achieved by using Attention U-Net architecture for semantic segmentation of the transverse cracks. The model shows promising results, through an ability to identify all the transverse cracks and reflect the damage progression. The described method provides a robust routine for analysing challenging polymer composite tomographic datasets.

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  • 9.
    Petkov, Valeri Ivanov
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Pelcastre, Leonardo
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Machine Elements.
    Solano, Carlos
    Nexam Chemical AB, 234 35 Lomma, Sweden.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    The Influence of Ethynyl In-Chain Crosslinkers on the Properties of 6FDA-Based Polyimides2022In: Materials, E-ISSN 1996-1944, Vol. 16, no 1, article id 169Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Two 4,4′-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride-based thermosetting polyimide formulations with varied amounts of crosslinking sites were compared to understand the influence of crosslinking density on fracture toughness, glass transition temperature and thermal oxidative stability. The thermal and mechanical properties of both materials were investigated through a series of single-edge notched beams, differential scanning calorimetry, dilatometry, weight loss, light optical microscopy and nanoindentation experiments. It was found out that the reduced crosslinking resulted in slightly increased fracture toughness but decreased the Tg of the material. No significant difference could be observed in the thermal oxidative stability with the experimental techniques considered.

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