Microstructure and Elemental Investigation of Graphene/ CNT Epoxy Composite
Manoj Kumar Shukla1, Kamal Sharma2

1Manoj Kumar Shukla, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Engineering & Technology, GLA University, Mathura (U.P), India.
2Kamal Sharma, KNPC Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Jabalpur (M.P), India
Manuscript received on 05 February 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 13 February 2019 | Manuscript published on 28 February 2019 | PP: 108-111 | Volume-8 Issue-4, February 2019 | Retrieval Number: D2657028419/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: Epoxy based graphene/ CNT reinforced hybrid composite was prepared using sonication method with equal ratio of nano-fillers at weight percent of 0 and 0.25 wt. % are fabricated. In the present work, the influence of graphene/ CNT substitution on the microstructure and element distribution on hybrid epoxy composite is reported. The composite was characterized for their morphological properties by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The distribution of elements and elemental composition was also evaluated using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX). The reaction progress and compositions of elements were analyzed as a function of microstructure. The presence of functionalized filler and formation of copolymerization of polymer was confirming with the help of the EDX spectra of the hybrid composite. Hybrid composite confirmed the presence of Carbon, Chlorine, Silicon and other elements. Variation in the ratio of elements present in pristine and hybrid epoxy composite confirms the occurrence of chemical reaction during processing of composite sample. SEM-EDX analysis show better adhesion in hybrid composite as compared to pristine composite. The detailed results will be presented and discussed.
Keyword: Graphene, CNT, Epoxy, Hybrid Composite, EDX, SEM.
Scope of the Article: Composite Materials