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Measurement of 3-D Orientation and 3-D Orientation Tensors in Polymer/Nanofiber Composites

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Monon Mahboob, Stephen E. Bechtel

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Paper No. IMECE2007-42671, pp. 597-605; 9 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4297-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


We present a novel method to compute the three dimensional orientation tensors of carbon nanofibers in CNF/polymer composites. Performance properties of nanofiber composites are significantly affected by fiber orientation patterns. So an accurate description of the fiber orientation is necessary to validate models relating processing technique and properties of the final composites. Orientation tensors and probability distribution functions (PDF) are commonly used to describe orientation patterns. But physical dimensions of nanofibers and the imaging technique (Transmission Electron Microscopy, TEM) make all currently available methods of image analysis useless to accurately computing these descriptions in 3-dimensions. In this study TEM sections are cut with specific thickness and angle that result in majority of the fibers being cut at both ends. Fiber projection dimensions measured from this special section provide the complete three dimensional orientation of each fiber. This method is benchmarked by using simulated 3D samples in AutoCAD.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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