FERNÁNDEZ, C.; MEDINA, C.; PINCHEIRA, G.; CANALES, C.; FLORES, P.:
Composites Part B: Engineering 55 (2013) 421-425.
In this study, we investigate how multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) affect the in-plane shear mechanical behavior of glass fiber/epoxy composite. These multi-scale composites are fabricated using vacuum infusion: pristine MWCNT and amino-functionalized MWCNT are incorporated into epoxy resins at concentrations of both 0.1 and 0.3 wt.% and are subsequently evaluated. The MWCNT are mixed into the resins by mechanical stirring and sonication prior to resin infusion, and the MWCNT distribution in the cured laminate is then evaluated by performing a heat conduction assessment. Monotonic and cyclic quasi-static room temperature in-plane shear tests are performed following the ASTM D 4255 standard. The initial shear modulus, the deterioration of the shear modulus during plastic deformation and material hardening are evaluated. Incorporating MWCNT into the resins did not affect the parameters investigated under the imposed conditions.