The recent progress of functionally graded CNT reinforced composites and structures

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Original languageEnglish
Article number234601
Journal / PublicationScience China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy
Issue number3
Online published7 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


In the last decade, the functionally graded carbon nanotube reinforced composites (FG-CNTRCs) have attracted considerable interest due to their excellent mechanical properties, and the structures made of FG-CNTRCs have found broad potential applications in aerospace, civil and ocean engineering, automotive industry, and smart structures. Here we review the literature regarding the mechanical analysis of bulk CNTR nanocomposites and FG-CNTRC structures, aiming to provide a clear picture of the mechanical modeling and properties of FG-CNTRCs as well as their composite structures. The review is organized as follows: (1) a brief introduction to the functionally graded materials (FGM), CNTRCs and FG-CNTRCs; (2) a literature review of the mechanical modeling methodologies and properties of bulk CNTRCs; (3) a detailed discussion on the mechanical behaviors of FG-CNTRCs; and (4) conclusions together with a suggestion of future research trends.

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  • functionally graded carbon nanotube reinforced composite, modeling methodology, mechanical properties, beam, plate, shell