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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 exposed to hygrothermal conditions to determine if this strong, lightweight material could replace aluminum steel on critical structures, including power plants and spacecrafts. To obtain this information, the samples were exposed to an accelerated aging process simulating years of wear due to heat and moisture. Then filaments were analyzed using an atomic force microscope with a 10nm radial tip. This data allowed for the analysis of strength, such as elastic modulus throughout filament samples, explaining the capabilities and potential for this material’s future use.

Symposium Participant

Portrait of Anita Totillo

Anita Totillo

Project Details

Symposium Date: Fall 2018

Research Theme: Sustainability

Presentation Type: FURI

Faculty Mentors

  • Masoud Yekani Fard