Fatigue study of a nanocomposite laminate Conference Paper uri icon


  • A novel multi-scale carbon fiber reinforced polymer nanocomposite laminate, with strategically incorporated carbon nanotubes at 0.2 weight percent, is studied for improvements in strength, stiffness and fatigue life under both tension-tension fatigue and tension-compression fatigue loadings. Fluorine XD-grade nanotubes are incorporated into the carbon fabric prior to high temperature vacuum assited resin transfer molding lamination through a spraying process. The influence of the functionalized carbon nanotubes on the evolution of damage and the resistance to catastrophic failure is credited for the demonstrated improvements in mechanical properties. A fractographic analysis is conducted to better understand the nanotube reinforcement mechanisms, including light and scanning electron microscopy. Copyright © 2010 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wilkerson, J. W.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM