Lacy, Thomas E.
Pittman, Charles U., Jr.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering
The effects of material/fabrication parameters on vapor-grown carbon nanofiber (VGCNF) reinforced vinyl ester (VE) nanocomposite flexural moduli and strengths were investigated. Statistically reliable empirical response surface models were developed to quantify the effects of VGCNF type, use of dispersing agent, mixing method, and VGCNF loading on flexural properties. Optimal nanocomposite formulation and processing (0.74 phr oxidized VGCNFs, dispersing agent, and high-shear mixing) resulted in predicted flexural modulus and strength values 1.18 and 1.26 times those of the neat resin. Additional flexural, tensile, and compressive tests were performed for optimally configured nanocomposites cured in a nitrogen environment. While flexural and tensile moduli significantly increased with increasing VGCNF loading, the corresponding strengths fell below those of the neat resin. In contrast, nanocomposite ultimate compressive strengths significantly exceeded the neat resin strengths. Nanocomposites prepared using aggressive high-shear mixing displayed improved elastic moduli and substantially increased strengths relative to nanocomposites prepared using baseline methods.
Lee, Juhyeong, "The Effect of Material and Processing on the Impact Strength of Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Composites" (2010). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 4357.