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Evolutions in Mechanical Engineering

Effects of Carbon Nanotube Dispersion on the Material Properties of Polymer Matrix Composites

Submission: August 01, 2018;Published: September 11, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/EME.2018.01.000512

ISSN 2640-9690
Volume1 Issue3

Abstract

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) constitute a prominent example of structural nanomaterials, with many potential applications due to their unique mechanical properties. Substantial improvements in mechanical properties of polymers have been attained through the addition of small amounts of carbon nanotubes. The way in which CNTs are distributed inside the matrix can be divided into two main categories namely: aligned and randomly distributed. Modeling of carbon nanotube dispersion in the polymer matrix is an important step for understanding the characteristics of composites. For modeling CNTs dispersion in the polymer, a numerical homogenization technique based on the finite element method (FEM) is used.

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