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Warrier A.,Materials Engineering Katholieke University | Godara A.,Materials Engineering Katholieke University | Godara A.,Nanocyl S.a. | Rochez O.,Nanocyl S.a. | And 6 more authors.
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were integrated in glass fibres epoxy composites by either including CNTs in the fibre sizing formulation, in the matrix, or both. The effects of such controlled placement of CNTs on the thermophysical properties (glass transition temperature and coefficient of thermal expansion) and the Mode I interlaminar fracture toughness of the composites were studied. The present method of CNT-sizing of the glass fibres produces an increase of almost +10% in the glass transition temperature and a significant reduction of -31% in the coefficient of thermal expansion of the composites. Additionally, the presence of CNTs in the sizing resulted in an increased resistance of crack initiation fracture toughness by +10%, but a lowered crack propagation toughness of -53%. Similar trends were observed for both instances when CNTs were introduced only in the matrix and in combination of both matrix and sizing. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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