Effect of graphene nanoplatelets on the impact response of a carbon fibre reinforced composite

Ahmed Elmarakbi, Raffaele Ciardiello, A. Tridello, F. Innocente, Brunetto Martorana, Francesco Bertocchi, Francesco Cristiano, Mohab Elmarakbi, Giovanni Belingardi

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In the present paper, experimental investigations were conducted to assess the effect of nanomodification on the impact behaviours of hybrid composite plates. Graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) of two different sizes, 5 and 30 µm, were used to modify a composite material made with 64 wt.% of unidirectional fibres and a low-viscosity epoxy resin. The effect of the nanomodification with 30 µm GNPs was also studied on composite plates prepared with a higher viscosity resin. Three laminate thicknesses (4, 8, and 16 layers) were tested with a standard drop dart testing technique. The peak forces as well as the absorbed energy and the fracture surfaces, observed with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), were compared. Experimental results showed that nano-modification with 5 µm particles had a detrimental effect on both the peak forces and the absorbed energy, whereas the addition of 30 µm GNPs increased the absorbed energy, especially for a laminate thickness of 16 layers. Overall, the experimental results demonstrated that the size of graphene nanoparticles has a significant effect on the impact response of composite laminates.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101530
JournalMaterials Today Communications
Early online date14 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Aug 2020


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