Effect of Carbon Nanotube Layers on Change in Mechanical Characteristic of E-Glass Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composite
Albert Allen D Mello1, G. Ramanan2, Dhanaya Prakash R Babu3

1Albert Allen D Mello, Aeronautical Engineering, ACS College of Engineering, Bangalore (Karnataka), India.
2G.Ramanan, Aeronautical Engineering, ACS College of Engineering, Bangalore (Karnataka), India.
3Dhanya Prakash R Babu, Aeronautical Engineering, ACS College of Engineering, Bangalore (Karnataka), India.
Manuscript received on 05 February 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 13 February 2019 | Manuscript published on 28 February 2019 | PP: 35-40 | Volume-8 Issue-4, February 2019 | Retrieval Number: D2613028419/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: Polymer composite reinforced with fiber materials have always proven its superior significant enactment over numerous traditional materials, considering their incomparable strength to weight ratio and stiffness. The Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) usage in glass-fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) has high potential in changing the characteristics of composite laminates. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) because of their outstanding mechanical, electrical and thermal properties have engrossed composite fraternity in exploring the opportunity of utilizing them as a supplementary reinforcement in fiber reinforced polymer composites. Reports of the fabrication of GFRP with and without CNT are discussed in this paper. The target in this study is to examine the mechanical characters of GFRP with and without Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). GFRP laminated composite are fabricated by hand lay-up technique. Composite laminated layers are fabricated using epoxy resin without CNT and with 0.5% and 1.5% MWCNT. The materials were tested to determine tensile, flexural and compression properties. It is observed that carbon nanotubes can enhance the mechanical properties in the composite laminates. Composite laminate with 1.5wt% MWCNT exhibited good mechanical properties compared to that with 0.5wt% MWCNT and without MWCNT.
Keyword: CFRP Composites, Carbon Nanotubes, Mechanical Characteristics, Bending Moment.
Scope of the Article: Mechanical Design