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Title: Multiscale polymer composites : a review of the interlaminar fracture toughness improvement
Authors: Bhudolia, Somen Kumar
Joshi, Sunil Chandrakant
Dikshit, Vishwesh
Keywords: CNTs
Interlaminar Fracture Toughness
DRNTU::Engineering::Mechanical engineering
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Dikshit, V., Bhudolia, S. K., & Joshi, S. C. (2017). Multiscale Polymer Composites : A Review of the Interlaminar Fracture Toughness Improvement. Fibers, 5(4), 38-. doi:10.3390/fib5040038
Series/Report no.: Fibers
Abstract: Composite materials are prone to delamination as they are weaker in the thickness direction. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are introduced as a multiscale reinforcement into the fiber reinforced polymer composites to suppress the delamination phenomenon. This review paper presents the detailed progress made by the scientific and research community to-date in improving the Mode I and Mode II interlaminar fracture toughness (ILFT) by various methodologies including the effect of multiscale reinforcement. Methods of measuring the Mode I and Mode II fracture toughness of the composites along with the solutions to improve them are presented. The use of different methodologies and approaches along with their performance in enhancing the fracture toughness of the composites is summarized. The current state of polymer-fiber-nanotube composites and their future perspective are also deliberated.
ISSN: 2079-6439
DOI: 10.3390/fib5040038
Rights: © 2017 by The Author(s). Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Fulltext Permission: open
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