The size and synergy effects of graphene nanoplatelets andcarbon nanotubes in mechanical properties of epoxy composites.
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We study mechanical reinforcement in a widely used epoxy matrix with the addition of graphenenanoplatelets (GnPs) and various mixture ratios of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) withGnPs. Two different dimensions of GnPs were used with flake sizes of 5 mm and 25 mm toinvestigate the influence of nanofiller size on the composite properties. In the GnP reinforcedcomposites, the bigger flakes showed greater reinforcement at all GnP concentrations. The influenceof size on properties is significant as bigger flakes actively control the failure mechanismsin the composite. In the mixture samples, highest CNT content (9:1) showed significantimprovement in fracture toughness of 76 %. For composites with mixtures of CNTs andGnPs, the CNT:GnP ratio is an interesting factor significantly influencing the properties ofthe epoxy matrix. The combination of high aspect ratio of CNTs and larger surface area ofGnPs contribute to the synergistic effect of the CNT-GnP hybrid samples. Thermal conductivityconsistently increases with the incorporation of GnPs in the matrix. Transmission electronmicroscopy (TEM) images confirm the uniform nanofiller dispersion achieved in thecomposites with GnP. For the hybrid samples the CNTs are seen to align themselves on theGnP flakes creating an inter-connected strong nanofiller network in the matrix. The homogenousnanofiller dispersions have been achieved by high shear calendaring which is a methodcapable of being industrially scaled up.
Composite Science and Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171572OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-171572DiVA: diva2:511518