Fabrication and Mechanical Characterization of Carbon Nanotubes-Enhanced Epoxy
Owing to its outstanding characteristics in good affinity to heterogeneous materials, corrosion resistance and on-the-spot processing capability, epoxy has been widely used as adhesives in retrofitting structures with carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP). In this study, different weight fractions of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) will be dispersed into epoxy to produce toughened adhesives that can improve the CFRP/structure bonding performance. The preliminary results indicate that adding 2% MWCNTs to Araldite-420 increase its ultimate strength by 17% and its elastic modulus by 14%. Ultrasonic mixing may increase Sikadur-30’s elastic modulus but reduce its strength and ductility regardless of the MWCNTs concentration. The mechanism of MWCNTs infusion effects on the mechanical properties of epoxy is also examined using SEM.
H. Faleh et al., "Fabrication and Mechanical Characterization of Carbon Nanotubes-Enhanced Epoxy", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 168-170, pp. 1102-1106, 2011