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Temperature Dependent Viscoelastic Behavior of FRP/ZnO Nano-Rods Hybrid Nanocomposites

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Amir Alipour Skandani, Ayoub Yari Boroujeni, Marwan Al-Haik

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. IMECE2013-63326, pp. V009T10A036; 4 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5638-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The inclusion of nanomaterials within fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs) could improve their resistance against time dependent deformation. Conceivable high temperature applications of such hybrid composites make it crucial to investigate their temperature-dependent properties as well as their durability. In this study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nano rods were grown on the surface of carbon fibers and the hybridized reinforcement was formed in a laminate composites. The viscoelastic behavior was probed utilizing dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). The time/temperature superposition principle (TTSP) was invoked to obtain the viscoelastic properties of FRPs based on fibers with different surface treatments. Results indicated that the presence of ZnO nano rods at the interface between the carbon fibers and the epoxy matrix enhances the composite’s creep resistance at elevated temperatures and prolonged duration.

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