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Nanoscale Material Characterization of Polymer Matrix Composites Under Hygrothermal Conditions

This experiment analyzed the structural capabilities of polymer matrix composite (PMC) samples after many years of exposure to hygrothermal conditioning. This strong, form-adaptive, lightweight material is suitable for use on critical structures including powerplants and spacecrafts, however, the degradation impacts from long-term exposure to heat and humidity is yet unverified. To study that phenomena, aged

Redesign of the Mixed-Mode Fracture Fixture for More Accurate Damage Tolerant Structures

Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) and nanocomposites have become widely preferred in high application designs, like aircraft, satellites, and other critical components, due to their high strength ratio to their weight. However, one of their drawbacks is delamination. Delamination is a mode failure that causes the material to separate into layers and lose its mechanical toughness.

Investigation of Braziers Effect in Polymer Matrix Composite Tubes

The advancing field of material science has yielded many beneficial products, one of which is developing new polymer matrix composites. The challenge lies in characterizing material properties of polymer matrix composites as these exhibit anisotropic behaviors. New advancements in composites allow engineering solutions that are lighter while exhibiting great strength. To apply the new materials to

Effects of Manufacturing Methods on Piezoresistive Properties in Advanced Carbon Nanotube Based Sensors

The main objective of this research is to characterize the two fabrication techniques for manufacturing carbon nanotube-based sensors and optimize them for piezo-resistive response. The traditional method of fabrication, vacuum filtration (VF), will be investigated, along with a novel method called surfactant-free (SF). Samples from both methods are prepared by modulating pre-fabrication conditions and their

Fabrication of Buckypaper Using 3D printing technology

The scope this FURI research project is to address the time intensive problem of fabricating buckypaper by using fused deposition modeling(FDM). Buckypaper has already shown proven benefits to society due to is unique properties that allow real time strain sensing. Findings have shown that 3D printer thermoplastic filament can be dosed with large amounts of