Modifying the carbon fiber-epoxy matrix interphase with graphite nanoplatelets

Wenzhen Qin, Frederic Vautard, Lawrence T. Drzal, Junrong Yu

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In this study, a novel method consisting of coating carbon fibers (CF) with graphite nanoplatelets (GnP) is investigated for its ability to modify the mechanical properties in the interphase region. Coating the CF was achieved by immersing CF in a solution of GnP dispersed in an epoxy-based solution for a few seconds. The influence of the processing conditions on the properties of the coating (thickness, homogeneity, quality of the GnP dispersion) is reported. Interfacial adhesion and the associated failure modes were evaluated by the single fiber fragmentation test. The maximum value of interfacial shear strength (IFSS) was achieved when a relative GnP concentration of 7.9 wt% on CFs, which led to 45 and 34% improvements in IFSS in comparison with the non-coated CF and epoxy coated CF, respectively.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages1549-1556
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Composites
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

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Modifying the carbon fiber-epoxy matrix interphase with graphite nanoplatelets. / Qin, Wenzhen; Vautard, Frederic; Drzal, Lawrence T.; Yu, Junrong.

In: Polymer Composites, Vol. 37, No. 5, 01.05.2016, p. 1549-1556.

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Qin, Wenzhen ; Vautard, Frederic ; Drzal, Lawrence T. ; Yu, Junrong. / Modifying the carbon fiber-epoxy matrix interphase with graphite nanoplatelets. In: Polymer Composites. 2016 ; Vol. 37, No. 5. pp. 1549-1556
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