Fracture, failure and compression behaviour of a 3D interconnected carbon aerogel (Aerographite) epoxy composite

Chandrasekaran, S., Liebig, W. V., Mecklenburg, M., Fiedler, B., Smazna, D., Adelung, Rainer and Schulte, K. (2016) Fracture, failure and compression behaviour of a 3D interconnected carbon aerogel (Aerographite) epoxy composite Composites Science and Technology, 122 . pp. 50-58. DOI

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Aerographite (AG) is a mechanically robust, lightweight synthetic cellular material, which consists of a 3D interconnected network of tubular carbon [1]. The presence of open channels in AG aids to infiltrate them with polymer matrices, thereby yielding an electrical conducting and lightweight composite. Aerographite produced with densities in the range of 7-15 mg/cm(3) was infiltrated with a low viscous epoxy resin by means of vacuum infiltration technique. Detailed morphological and structural investigations on synthesized AG and AG/epoxy composite were performed by scanning electron microscopic techniques. The present study investigates the fracture and failure of AG/epoxy composites and its energy absorption capacity under compression. The composites displayed an extended plateau region when uni-axially compressed, which led to an increase in energy absorption of similar to 133% per unit volume for 1.5 wt% of AG, when compared to pure epoxy. Preliminary results on fracture toughness showed an enhancement of similar to 19% in K-IC for AG/epoxy composites with 0.45 wt% of AG. Observations of fractured surfaces under scanning electron microscope gives evidence of pull-out of arms of AG tetrapod, interface and inter-graphite failure as the dominating mechanism for the toughness improvement in these composites. These observations were consistent with the results obtained from photoelasticity experiments on a thin film AG/epoxy model composite. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 5 Chandrasekaran, Swetha Liebig, Wilfried V. Mecklenburg, Matthias Fiedler, Bodo Smazna, Dania Adelung, Rainer Schulte, Karl
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0266-3538
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 08:24
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 10:25

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