Effect of Using Carbon Nanotubes on ILSS of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Laminates
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Carbon nanotubes have been considered as good filler materials for enhancing the characteristics of advanced nano-composites due to their excellent properties. In z-axis property, especially interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) is of prime concern for FRP laminates undergoing lateral loads. The present work highlights the effect of MWCNTs on the ILSS of GFRP composites manufactured by vacuum-assisted hand layup technique. Result shows that the addition of 0.5 wt% MWCNTs into the unfilled GFRP composite decreases ILSS by 8.35%. The fracture surface of glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites is analyzed by field-emission scanning electron microscope, and micrographs are used to delineate the ILSS outcomes.
KeywordsCarbon nanotubes Glass fiber Composite ILSS
Authors remain grateful to Department of Mechanical Engineering, I.I.T. (I.S.M), Dhanbad for providing facilities for this research work.
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