Mechanical behavior of carbon nanotubes-based polymer composites under impact tests

A. El Moumen, M. Tarfaoui, H. Benyahia, Khalid Lafdi

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This study was focused on the effect of carbon nanotubes on the impact resistance and damage evolution in laminate carbon nanotubes/epoxy composites under an impact loading. The composite panels were made from carbon fibers and carbon nanotubes randomly distributed into epoxy resin. The amount of carbon nanotubes dispersion was varied up to 4% by weight. Taylor impact tests were carried out to obtain the impact response of specimens with dimensions of 70×70×4 mm 3 . A projectile manufactured from a high strength and hardened steel with a diameter of 20 mm and 1.5 kg of mass was launched by a compressed gas gun within the velocity of 3 m/s, 7 m/s and 12 m/s. For the experimental test, three velocity levels were used: 3 m/s for the elastic deformation, 7 m/s for the penetration of the impactor and 12 m/s for the perforation of panels. Deformation histories and damage modes in specimens were recorded during the impact test using a high-speed camera. Processing of carbon nanotubes dispersed in laminates, testing, damage, and key findings is reported. It is observed that the impact resistance of laminates reinforced with a random distribution of carbon nanotubes increases up to 15.6% at high-strain rate compared with that of 0% of carbon nanotubes. It is also observed that the resistance to damage initiation and evolution increases with the addition of carbon nanotubes concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-940
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Issue number7
Early online date15 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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