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Evidence of Coulomb Friction Damping in Graphene Nanocomposites

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H. A. Scarton, I. Kahn, M. A. Rafiee, J. Rafiee, K. Wilt, N. Koratkar

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Paper No. IMECE2010-39378, pp. 183-187; 5 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 13: Sound, Vibration and Design
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4450-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Polymer nanocomposites reinforced by carbon nanotubes, fullerene and nanoparticles have been broadly studied within the last two decades. However, it was recently observed that polymer nanocomposites filled with graphene sheets showed exceptional mechanical and electrical properties. The advantage of graphene sheets over carbon nanotubes in nanocomposites may be related to their high specific surface area, enhanced nanofiller-matrix adhesion/interlocking arising from their wrinkled (rough) surface as well as the two-dimensional geometry of graphene sheets. We have compared the vibration damping properties of epoxy nanocomposite filled with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT), multi-walled nanotubes (MWNT), and graphene platelet (GPL) fillers. Our results show the evidence of Coulomb friction damping in nanocomposites comparing with the pure epoxy.

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