Mechanical Characterization of Nanofiber Enhanced Polymer with Application to Composite Crush Tubes Conference Paper uri icon


  • The mechanical reinforcing efficiencies of randomly distributed carbon nanofibers in a thermoset polymer material (vinyl ester) are investigated using Mori-Tanaka (M-T) based approaches. For the stiffness, the results of a simplified M-T scheme for aligned nanofibers combined with classical lamination theory (quasi-isotropic lamination approach) are compared with general three dimensional M-T approach for different volume fractions and aspect ratios. In addition, a shear lag theory combined with the quasi-isotropic lamination approach is used to calculate the strength properties of the nano-reinforced matrix. The calculated mechanical properties are used to perform a progressive failure analysis to characterize/simulate the crush performance of a multiscale composite crush tube made of glass fibers and vinyl ester (with and without nanofiber enhancement) matrix. The force-displacement and total damage energy release rate curves show the effect of nanofibers in improving the crush performance of the fiber reinforced composite crush tube. Copyright 2010 by M. Rouhi, M. Rais-Rohani, T. E. Lacy, F. Abdi, M. Garg.

name of conference

  • 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference
    18th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference

published proceedings

  • 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference>BR< 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference>BR< 12th

author list (cited authors)

  • Rouhi, M., Rais-Rohani, M., Lacy, T., Garg, M., & Abdi, F.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Rouhi, Mohammad||Rais-Rohani, Masoud||Lacy, Thomas||Garg, Mohit||Abdi, Frank

publication date

  • April 2010