Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Stiffness predictions of carbon nanotube reinforced two and three-phase polymer composites
by Neer, Eric, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 63; 1603339
Abstract (Summary)

Carbon nanotubes are a relatively new area of research which has gained significant attention in published literature. One reason for this interest is their use in multi-phase composites, specifically where they can enhance traditional polymer matrices. Many authors have attempted to adapt conventional micromechanical analyses reserved for microfibers to the nano scale. A review of these works is presented. In depth analysis is provided on one of these two phase (nanotube and matrix) models, the Anumandla-Gibson model, originally published in 2006. A discussion of its strengths and sensitivities is given, with numerical data to support the conclusions. It is extended to three-phase composites through the use of classical laminated plate theory. A literature survey is conducted to gather published two and three-phase experimental results for comparison. Two phase experimental results agree well with the present model, whereas three phase data was limited, but initial comparisons were promising.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Hsin P.
Commitee: Chen, Hsun, Tzong, George
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Nanoscience, Materials science
Keywords: Carbon nanotube, Composite, Micromechanics, Polymer, Two-phase
Publication Number: 1603339
ISBN: 9781339214962
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