Design, Manufacture and Analysis of Tough, Nanostructure-Reinforced High-Performance Polymers
Final rept. 1 Jan 2010-31 Dec 2013
MICHIGAN UNIV REGENTS ANN ARBOR DIV OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
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We developed functionalized aramid nanofiber networks and demonstrated methods to attach these high performance polymer nanofibers to other materials such as metallic nanoparticles. We demonstrated the tunable characteristics of both the hydrolyzed aramid nanostructures and the nanocomposites formed using them. The unique nanofiber particle interactions lead to simultaneous stiffening, strengthening and toughening of the mechanical response of the nanocomposites. We have made significant advances in our understanding of the mechanics of transmission mitigation through materials with arbitrary constitutive responses elastic, viscoelastic, elastic-plastic.
- Laminates and Composite Materials