Mechanical enhancement of carbon fiber/epoxy composites by graphite nanoplatelet reinforcement

J. Cho, J. Y. Chen, I. M. Daniel*

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The epoxy matrix in carbon fiber/epoxy composites was modified with graphite nanoplatelets to improve their mechanical properties. Graphite nanoparticles were mixed and dispersed in the epoxy matrix by sonication, followed by a vacuum assisted wet lay-up process. The composites reinforced with nanoparticles showed enhanced compressive strength and in-plane shear properties. A simple analytical model was used to predict the longitudinal compressive strength, which was in good agreement with experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-688
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Composite
  • Compressive strength
  • Graphite nanoplatelets
  • In-plane shear properties
  • Wet lay-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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