Classical micromechanics modeling of nanocomposites with carbon nanofibers and interphase Academic Article uri icon


  • A micromechanics parametric study was performed to investigate the effect of carbon nanofiber morphology (i.e. hollow vs. solid cross-section), nanofiber waviness, and both nanofiber-resin interphase properties and dimensions on bulk nanocomposite elastic moduli. Mori-Tanaka and self-consistent models were developed for composites containing heterogeneities with multilayered coatings. For a given nanofiber axial force-displacement relationship, the elastic modulus for hollow nanofibers can significantly exceed that for solid nanofibers resulting in notable differences in bulk nanocomposite properties. In addition, the development of a nanofiber-resin interphase had a notable effect on the bulk elastic moduli. Consistent with results from the literature, small degrees of nanofiber waviness resulted in a significant decrease in effective composite properties. © The Author(s) 2011.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yu, J., Lacy, T. E., Toghiani, H., Pittman, C. U., & Hwang, Y.

citation count

  • 30

publication date

  • November 2011