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The Effects of In-Service Induced Reduction of Bonding Quality on the Mode I, II, and I-II Fracture Toughness of CNT Nanocomposites

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Masoud Yekani Fard, John M. Woodward, Aditi Chattopadhyay

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Brian Raji

Pipe Reconstruction Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Paper No. IMECE2016-66907, pp. V001T03A037; 6 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5051-0
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Tests were carried out to determine the interlaminar fracture toughness of stitch-bonded biaxial polymer matrix carbon nanotube nanocomposites for mode I, II, and I-II including durability effects. Analysis of the test specimens in terms of mode I energy release rates showed good agreement among Modified Beam Theory, Compliance Calibration, and Modified Compliance Calibration methods. End-Notched Flexure (ENF) and four point End-Notched Flexure (4ENF) tests gave very consistent crack initiation and propagation results for mode II fracture. The results show that the critical mode I energy release rate for delamination decreases monotonically with increasing mode II loading. The effects of accelerated aging (60°C and 90% Rh) on fracture properties were studied. Early accelerated aging (0–12 months) has the dominant diminishing effect on energy release rate initiation and propagation in composites and nanocomposites.

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