Nanotube coated metals: New reinforcement materials for polymer matrix composites

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Abstract

Advantages of using carbon nanotubes as reinforcement materials for polymer matrix composites is investigated. Scanning electron microscopy images of composite materials subjected to fracture revealed marked differences in the adhesion of epoxy to the metal mesh. In fractured samples using bare meshes, severe wire pullout, detachment, and debonding between the polymer and metal was observed. In samples coated with carbon nanotubes, wires were found to remain in intimate contact with the surrounding matrix. This indicated that carbon nanotubes acted as a distributed interface, which bonded the two dissimilar materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1308
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume14
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 2002

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Polymer matrix composites
Carbon Nanotubes
Nanotubes
Carbon nanotubes
Reinforcement
Metals
Wire
Dissimilar materials
Debonding
Polymers
Adhesion
Scanning electron microscopy
Composite materials

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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In: Advanced Materials, Vol. 14, No. 18, 16.09.2002, p. 1304-1308.

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