A strategy for improving mechanical properties of a fiber reinforced epoxy composite using functionalized carbon nanotubes Academic Article uri icon


  • Carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composite laminates are studied for improvements in quasi static strength and stiffness and tension-tension fatigue cycling at stress-ratio (R-ratio) = +0.1 through strategically incorporating amine functionalized single wall carbon nanotubes (a-SWCNTs) at the fiber/fabric-matrix interfaces over the laminate cross-section. In a comparison to composite laminate material without carbon nanotube reinforcements there are modest improvements in the mechanical properties of strength and stiffness; but, a potentially significant increase is demonstrated for the long-term fatigue life of these functionalized nanotube reinforced composite materials. These results are compared with previous research on the cyclic life of this carbon fiber epoxy composite laminate system reinforced similarly with side wall fluorine functionalized industrial grade carbon nanotubes. Optical and scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectrometry are used to confirm the effectiveness of this strategy for the improvements in strength, stiffness and fatigue life of composite laminate materials using functionalized carbon nanotubes. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

author list (cited authors)

  • Davis, D. C., Wilkerson, J. W., Zhu, J., & Hadjiev, V. G.

citation count

  • 119

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM


  • Carbon Fiber
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Epoxy
  • Fatigue
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Polymer-matrix Composites(pmcs)
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Resin Transfer Moulding(rtm)