Mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes reinforced ultra high molecular weight polyethylene

Della, Christian N. and Shu, Dongwei (2008) Mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes reinforced ultra high molecular weight polyethylene. In, Lau, William, Min, Shang Huai, Sua, Lee Nam, Jan, Ma and Tok, Alfred (eds.) Advanced Structural and Functional Materials for Protection. International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies 2007 (ICMAT 2007) Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland, Trans Tech, 45-50. (Solid State Phenomena, 136).


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Carbon nanotubes have been shown to enhance the engineering properties of plastic fibers in ballistic-resistant garments enabling the garments to withstand very high impact forces while remaining to be lightweight. Previous study shows that by reinforcing ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers with a small amount of carbon nanotubes, the fibers are simultaneously toughened and strengthened. In this paper, we study the mechanical properties of carbon nanotube reinforced ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) by using micromechanics-based Mori-Tanaka model. Results show that the addition of small amount of carbon nanotubes as reinforcement can substantially improve the mechanical properties of the UHMWPE fibers.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Serries ISSN 1012-0394
ISBNs: 3908451507 (paperback)
9783908451501 (paperback)
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Keywords: ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, carbon nanotubes, mori-tanaka model, mechanical properties
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
ePrint ID: 50412
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2007Submitted
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:27

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