Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites are increasingly being used in a variety of industries such as aerospace and infrastructure. This investigation experimentally examines the effect of incorporating alumina nanoparticles (ANPs), non-functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (NF-MWCNTs), and functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (F-MWCNTs) on the off-axis stiffness and stress-relaxation of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites. Epoxy- nanocomposites incorporating 0.0, 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 wt.% ANPs; 0.0 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 wt. % NF-MWCNTs; 0.0 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 wt. % F-MWCNTs of the total weight of epoxy are examined. Off-axis tension stiffness and stress-relaxation tests were performed on CFRP coupons fabricated with ANPs-nanocomposites. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) testing of neat epoxy and epoxy nanocomposites incorporating nanomaterials was used to identify the stiffness and relaxation behavior of the epoxy-nanocomposite matrix. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to observe chemical changes when nanomaterials are mixed with epoxy. It is shown that using ANPs at a concentration close to 2.0 wt.% can reduce the off-axis stiffness by ~30% and increase the off-axis stress- relaxation of CFRP by ~10%. Using NF-MWCNTs, it is shown that when incorporating 1.5 wt. % NF-MWCNTs, the stiffness decreases by ~60% and the off-axis stress relaxation of CFRP increases by ~12%. Finally, using F-MWCNTs, it is shown that the initial modulus of the CFRP composite decreases by ~25% and the relaxation increases by ~10% over a period of 1800 seconds.
CFRP, NANOMATERIALS, DMA, STRESS RELAXATION
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MAHMOUD REDA TAHA
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Garner, Amy R.. "VISCOELASTIC BEHAVIOR OF CARBON FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITES INCORPORATING NANOMATERIALS." (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ce_etds/186