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Parametric study of strain rate effects on nanoparticle-reinforced polymer composites

Soltannia, B ; Sharif University of Technology | 2016

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1155/2016/9841972
  3. Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation , 2016
  4. Abstract:
  5. Crashworthiness, energy absorption capacity, and safety are important factors in the design of lightweight vehicles made of fiber-reinforced polymer composite (FRP) components. The relatively recent emergence of the nanotechnology industry has presented a novel means to augment the mechanical properties of various materials. As a result, recent attempts have contemplated the use of nanoparticles to further improve the resiliency of resins, especially when resins are used for mating FRP components. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the response of nanoreinforced polymer composites, subjected to various rates of loading, is of paramount importance for developing reliable structures. In this paper, the effects of nanoreinforcement on the mechanical response of a commonly used epoxy resin subjected to four different strain rates, are systematically investigated. The results are then compared to those of the neat resin. To characterize the mechanical properties of the nanocomposite, a combination of the strain rate-dependent mechanical (SRDM) model of Goldberg and his coworkers and Halpin-Tsai's micromechanical approach is employed. Subsequently, a parametric study is conducted to ascertain the influences of particle type and their weight percentage. Finally, the numerical results are compared to the experimental data obtained from testing of the neat and the nanoreinforced epoxy resin
  6. Keywords:
  7. Accidents ; Composite materials ; Crashworthiness ; Epoxy resins ; Fiber reinforced plastics ; Light weight vehicles ; Mechanical properties ; Nanoparticles ; Polymers ; Reinforced plastics ; Reinforcement ; Strain ; Energy absorption capacity ; Fiber reinforced polymer composites ; Mechanical response ; Micromechanical approach ; Nano-reinforced polymers ; Nanotechnology industry ; Reinforced polymer composites ; Strain-rate-dependent ; Strain rate
  8. Source: Journal of Nanomaterials ; Volume 2016 , 2016 ; 16874110 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnm/2016/9841972