Accession Number : ADA561773


Title :   Effects of Carbon Nanomaterial Reinforcement on Composite Joints Under Cyclic and Impact Loading


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Tan, Meng H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a561773.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 65


Abstract : This study investigated the influence of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) and Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs) reinforcement on the behavior of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) joint interface under cyclic and impact loading. Test coupons with pre-cracks were fabricated via Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) technique with 7.5g/m2 of MWCNTs or CNFs dispersed at the joint interface ahead of the crack tip. The test coupons were loaded in 3-point bending at 2Hz and 10Hz frequencies for the cyclic loading test. The CNTs and CNFs-reinforced samples displayed higher stiffness and had significantly shorter crack propagation lengths under the same loading cycles. Resistance to crack propagation was evident in the reinforced samples as observed using an optical microscope. Similar sets of reinforced as well as non-reinforced samples were subjected to low energy impact tests and their dynamic responses and failures were also compared. CNTs-reinforcement samples experienced failure at higher impact force as compared to non-reinforced samples. However, further testing was recommended to establish the effects of CNFs reinforcement under impact loading. The test results suggested that proper reinforcement of the joint interface using carbon nanomaterial can significantly delay the crack growth, resulting in improvement of composite structural integrity and its service life.


Descriptors :   *CARBON NANOTUBES , *FIBER REINFORCEMENT , COMPOSITE STRUCTURES , CRACK PROPAGATION , CRACK TIPS , CYCLIC TESTS , JOINTS , POLYMERS


Subject Categories : Refractory Fibers


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE