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Significant Fatigue Life Enhancement in Multiscale Doubly-Modified Fiber/Epoxy Nanocomposites with Graphene Nanoplatelets and Reduced-Graphene Oxide

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
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Polymers 2020, 12(9), 2135; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12092135
Received: 9 August 2020 / Revised: 12 September 2020 / Accepted: 14 September 2020 / Published: 18 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Nanomaterial-Modified Polymer Composites)
We report the fatigue behavior of a novel multiscale fiberglass/epoxy composite modified with reduced-graphene oxide (rGO) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNP). A novel and cost-effective fabrication method based on vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) method was used for manufacturing the composite laminates. Morphological and mechanical analysis of composites showed a successful dispersion of nano-fillers and a remarkable improvement in fatigue life of the nanocomposites. The experimental results revealed that all rGO concentrations resulted in a significant increase in fatigue life of the nanocomposites. These enhancements can be explained by the creation of stronger links between the nanoparticles fiberglass and epoxy. The experimental results also showed that lower concentrations of GNPs lead to an increase in fatigue life of nanocomposites; however, a decrease in their fatigue life can be seen at higher loadings. View Full-Text
Keywords: low cycle fatigue; reduced-graphene oxide; graphene nanoplatelets; nanoparticle; composite laminates low cycle fatigue; reduced-graphene oxide; graphene nanoplatelets; nanoparticle; composite laminates
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Rafiee, M.; Hosseini Rad, S.; Nitzsche, F.; Laliberte, J.; R. Labrosse, M. Significant Fatigue Life Enhancement in Multiscale Doubly-Modified Fiber/Epoxy Nanocomposites with Graphene Nanoplatelets and Reduced-Graphene Oxide. Polymers 2020, 12, 2135. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12092135

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Rafiee M, Hosseini Rad S, Nitzsche F, Laliberte J, R. Labrosse M. Significant Fatigue Life Enhancement in Multiscale Doubly-Modified Fiber/Epoxy Nanocomposites with Graphene Nanoplatelets and Reduced-Graphene Oxide. Polymers. 2020; 12(9):2135. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12092135

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Rafiee, Mohammad; Hosseini Rad, Somayeh; Nitzsche, Fred; Laliberte, Jeremy; R. Labrosse, Michel. 2020. "Significant Fatigue Life Enhancement in Multiscale Doubly-Modified Fiber/Epoxy Nanocomposites with Graphene Nanoplatelets and Reduced-Graphene Oxide" Polymers 12, no. 9: 2135. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12092135

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