Experimental study on thermal and mechanical properties of clay modified carbon fiber reinforced epoxy Conference Paper uri icon


  • In the present investigation, DMA, TGA, and flexural tests were performed on unfilled, 1wt. %, 2wt. %, and 3wt. % clay filled SC-15 epoxy to identify the loading effect on thermal and mechanical properties of the matrix. Thermal and mechanical test results indicated that 2.0 wt% clay/epoxy systems showed the highest improvement in the storage modulus and strength as compared to the neat systems. After that, the nanophased matrix with 2 wt.% clay was then utilized in a Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) set up with satin weave carbon preforms to fabricate laminated composites. The resulting composites have been evaluated by TGA, DNA and flexural test, and 5 C increasing in glass transition temperature, 6C increasing in decomposition temperature and 13.5% improvement in strength was observed in nanocomposite.

published proceedings

  • American Society for Composites - 23rd Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2008

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhou, Y., Shaik, M. S., Jeelani, S., Lacy, T. E., & Horstemeyer, M. F.

complete list of authors

  • Zhou, Y||Shaik, MS||Jeelani, S||Lacy, TE||Horstemeyer, MF

publication date

  • January 1, 2008 11:11 AM