3-Phase Hierarchical Graphene-based Epoxy Nanocomposite Laminates for Automotive Applications

Elmarakbi, Ahmed, Karagiannidis, Panagiotis, Ciappa, Alessandra, Innocente, Franco, Galise, Francesco, Martorana, Brunetto, Bertocchi, Francesco, Cristiano, Francesco, Villaro Ábalos, Elvira and Gómez, Julio (2019) 3-Phase Hierarchical Graphene-based Epoxy Nanocomposite Laminates for Automotive Applications. Journal of Materials Science and Technology, 35 (10). pp. 2169-2177. ISSN 1005-0302

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Two different types of graphene flakes were produced following solution processing methods and dispersed using shear mixing in a bifunctional (A) and a multifunctional (B) epoxy resin at a concentration of 0.8 and 0.6 wt% respectively. The graphene/epoxy resin mixtures were used to impregnate unidirectional carbon fibre tapes. These prepregs were stacked (seven plies) and cured to produce laminates. The interlaminar fracture toughness (mode-I) of the carbon fiber/graphene epoxy laminates with resin B showed over 56% improvement compared with the laminate without graphene. Single lap joints were prepared using the laminates as adherents and polyurethane adhesives (Sika 7666 and Sika 7888). The addition of graphene improved considerably the adhesion strength from 3.3 to 21 MPa (sample prepared with resin A and Sika 7888) highlighting the potential of graphene as a secondary filler in carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Graphene, Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), Fracture toughness, Shear lap joints
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 17:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38539

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