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Analysis of the Linearly Viscoelastic Behavior of Nanotube-Reinforced Polymer Composites

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K. Li

Michigan Technological University

X.-L. Gao

Texas A&M University

A. K. Roy

Air Force Research Laboratory

Paper No. IMECE2004-59988, pp. 63-65; 3 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4702-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


In the last few years a lot of efforts have been made to demonstrate that the addition of carbon nanotubes, even with a small volume fraction, can substantially enhance the stiffness and strength of polymers [1]. Nevertheless, very limited attention has been paid to the viscoelastic responses of nanotube-reinforced polymer composites. Several groups have investigated the changes in glass transition temperatures of polymers induced by adding nanotubes to polymers [2–4]. Fisher [4] also studied the frequency response and the physical aging of polymers with or without nanotubes. However, the creep/stress relaxation behavior of nanotube-reinforced polymer composites is still not well understood. Experimental characterization tends to be configuration specific and expensive. Therefore, there is a need to develop analytical models that can predict the said behavior. The objective of this communication is to present a study on the creep behavior of carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer composites using a continuum-based micromechanics model.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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