An analytical solution on interface debonding for large diameter carbon nanotube-reinforced composite with functionally graded variation interphase

Yancheng Zhang, Junhua Zhao, Yue Jia, Tarek Mabrouki, Yadong Gong, Ning Wei, Timon Rabczuk

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Abstract

A three-dimensional (3D) analytical solution is derived for homogeneous cylinder with the functionally graded variation interphase (FGVI) at the inner surface. Based on the 3D solution, the dilute solution-based homogeneous model is adopted for the carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced nanocomposite considering FGVI and effective fibre modulus, in which the van der Waals-based cohesive law is adopted for the connection between CNT and the interphase. Parametric studies demonstrate that: (1) FGVI increases the composite stiffness, while it leads to the earlier debonding of the cohesive interface. (2) The peak strength of the macroscopic stress-strain is greatly influenced by the cohesive strength at the interface, higher cohesive strength leads to higher macroscopic peak strength. (3) The peak strength of the macroscopic stress-strain relation is underestimated without considering the effective fibre modulus, and the influence of the effective FGVI modulus is larger than that of the effective fibre. (4) CNTs of the large diameter bring the stress drop at a very small strain, especially for the large volume fraction of CNT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-269
Number of pages9
JournalComposite Structures
Volume104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct

Keywords

  • 3D analytical solution
  • CNT-reinforced nanocomposites
  • Effective fibre modulus
  • Functionally graded variation interphase (FGVI)
  • Van der Waals (vdW) force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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