FURI | Spring 2020

Investigation of Contact Angle Effect for Analyzing Interphase Properties in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

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This experiment studied the performance of the most common methods of nanoscale material characterization on polymer matrix composites (PMC). This lightweight, and high strength material is used in critical structures such as aircraft and energy generation due to its unique properties. To fully understand the mechanical properties of a PMC, the interphase region between the fiber and polymer matrix must be characterized as this region governs stress transfer and thus its bulk characteristics. With a direct comparison of mechanical property and topographical data, an optimal method of testing will be determined for the understanding the PMC interphase mechanical properties.

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Jack Mester

Jack D Mester

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2020

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