Title: Bulk/nano-mechanical and tribological response of functionalised multi-wall carbon nanotubes reinforced unsaturated polyester composites

Authors: Himel Chakraborty; Nandagopal Bhowmik

Addresses: Research and Development Unit, National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan), B.T. Road, Bon-Hooghly, West Bengal, Kolkata-700 090, India ' Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah 711 103, West Bengal, India

Abstract: The study concerns the bulk flexural, wear and nano-mechanical properties of nanotube dispersed unsaturated polyester composites with different amounts of nanotubes content. The results demonstrate the variation of bulk and nano-mechanical properties with nanotube weight fractions. Functionalisation MWCNT has yielded improved dispersion and enhanced mechanical properties. This has been attributed to the reduced agglomeration tendency of the nanofillers achieved appropriate functionalisation of the filler surface.

Keywords: thermosetting resins; nanomaterial; nanocomposites; mechanical properties; material testing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMATEI.2018.092188

International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, 2018 Vol.9 No.1, pp.64 - 79

Received: 28 Oct 2017
Accepted: 04 Jan 2018

Published online: 25 May 2018 *

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