Interface enhancement of glass fiber/vinyl ester composites with carbon nanotubes synthesized from ethanol flames

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  • Xiao Wang
  • Hanming Liu
  • Pengfei Fang
  • Lingmin Liao
  • Chunxu Pan


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)948-955
Journal / PublicationJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


Multi-walled carbon nanotubes synthesized from ethanol flames (F-MWCNTs) and nanotubes func- tionalized by n-hexadecylamine (H-MWCNTs) were applied to the preparation of glass fiber/vinyl ester composites by overcoating the original glass fiber. Scanning electron microscopy of the composites containing multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) showed better bonding between the glass fiber and the resin matrix which may be attributed to the existence of a flexible interphase introduced by the nanotubes. It was found that the bonding in the composites treated with H-MWCNTs was much stronger. Moreover, the dynamic mechanical properties and impact strengths of the resulting composites were investigated. The results revealed that treating glass fiber with MWCNTs effectively improved the mechanical properties of the composite materials. Furthermore, the dynamic properties showed that H-MWCNTs have become integral parts of the crosslinked polymer structure, rather than acting as separate fillers. Copyright © 2010 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Fiber reinforced composites, Flame synthesized carbon nanotubes, Free radical polymerization, Interface interaction, Mechanical properties

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