Mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of graphene-epoxy nanocomposites - a review

Atif, Rasheed, Shyha, Islam and Inam, Fawad (2016) Mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of graphene-epoxy nanocomposites - a review. Polymers, 8 (8). p. 281. ISSN 2073-4360

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Abstract

Monolithic epoxy, because of its brittleness, cannot prevent crack propagation and is vulnerable to fracture. However, it is well established that when reinforced—especially by nano-fillers, such as metallic oxides, clays, carbon nanotubes, and other carbonaceous materials—its ability to withstand crack propagation is propitiously improved. Among various nano-fillers, graphene has recently been employed as reinforcement in epoxy to enhance the fracture related properties of the produced epoxy–graphene nanocomposites. In this review, mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of graphene reinforced epoxy nanocomposites will be correlated with the topographical features, morphology, weight fraction, dispersion state, and surface functionalization of graphene. The factors in which contrasting results were reported in the literature are highlighted, such as the influence of graphene on the mechanical properties of epoxy nanocomposites. Furthermore, the challenges to achieving the desired performance of polymer nanocomposites are also suggested throughout the article.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mechanical properties, thermal properties, electrical properties, graphene, epoxy
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
F200 Materials Science
F300 Physics
H300 Mechanical Engineering
J400 Polymers and Textiles
J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Fawad Inam
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 15:56
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 09:12
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27510

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