Carbon Nanotube Functionalization: Towards Enhancing the Mechanical Properties of Reinforced Composites
Hubert Phillips III, Rice University, Houston, TX, Laura Pena, Rice University, Houston, TX, Valery N. Khabashesku, Rice University, Houston, TX, and Enrique V. Barrera, Rice University, Houston, TX.
Incorporating nanotechnology into polymer composites is now quite an active area of research. Recently several groups have looked at the incorporation of carbon nanotubes into the polymer matrix directly. This work then looks at the effect of the carbon nanotubes directly on the reinforcement. Progress towards this goal has been made by bonding carbon nanotubes to both glass fiber and vinyl ester. In order to do this we treated the glass fibers with a series of coupling reactions and then processed the glass fiber and resin into a reinforced composite tile. These tiles were then mechanically tested in order to understand their glass fiber and resin interfacial properties