Load transfer and deformation mechanisms in carbon nanotube-polystyrene composites

D. Qian, E. C. Dickey, R. Andrews, T. Rantell

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Multiwall carbon nanotubes have been dispersed homogeneously throughout polystyrene matrices by a simple solution-evaporation method without destroying the integrity of the nanotubes. Tensile tests on composite films show that 1 wt % nanotube additions result in 36%-42% and ∼25% increases in elastic modulus and break stress, respectively, indicating significant load transfer across the nanotube-matrix interface. In situ transmission electron microscopy studies provided information regarding composite deformation mechanisms and interfacial bonding between the multiwall nanotubes and polymer matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2868-2870
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 15 2000

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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