Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 761–770 | Cite as

Sorption and diffusion of moisture in polymer composite materials with drop-weight impact damage


The effect of drop-weight impact energy on the moisture diffusion coefficient and the limiting moisture saturation of next-generation GFRPs and CFRPs was investigated. The damage induced by a drop-weight impact decreased the compression strength and increased the moisture diffusion coefficient and the limiting moisture saturation of five tested polymer composite materials by 20-70% on the average. For describing the moisture uptake kinetics, the Langmuir model is found to be preferable, because the model with bonded and free water provided a coefficient of determination R 2 ≥ 0.998.


GFRP CFRP drop-weight impact diffusion coefficient limiting moisture saturation bonded water free water 



This study was financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Russian

Federation within the framework of Agreement on granting No. 14.505.21.0002 of 22.08.2014, identifier No. RFMEFI59514X0002, with the use of equipment of TsKP for climatic tests of FSUE VIAM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. O. Startsev
    • 1
  • S. V. Panin
    • 1
  • O. V. Startsev
    • 1
  1. 1.Akimov Gelendzhik Climatic Testing CenterGelendzhikRussia

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