Document Type: Research Paper

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1 Department of Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran

2 Associate Prof., Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

This work reports the high-velocity impact response of multiscale anisogrid composite (AGC) panels. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the influence of surface-modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (S-MWCNTs) at different S-MWCNTs contents (0-0.5 wt.% at an interval of 0.1 wt.%) on the high-velocity impact responses of E-glass/epoxy AGC. Surface modification of MWCNTs is confirmed by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and thermogravimetric (TGA) analyses. AGC panels were fabricated via a manual filament winding technique. E-glass fiber roving and E-glass woven fabric are employed as reinforcing agents in ribs and skin, respectively. The impact test is done on the composite panels by a cylindrical projectile with a conical nose. The results showe that the highest enhancement in the impact characteristics is attributed to the panel containing 0.4 wt.% S-MWCNTs. Based on the analysis of fracture surfaces, enhanced interfacial fiber/matrix bonding is observed for the S-MWCNTs loaded specimen. Furthermore, the incorporation of MWCNTs leads to the reduced damaged area and enhanced tolerance of damage.

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