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Stretchlon Film Enhanced Fabriaction of Nanocomposites with the Resin Infusion Between Double Flexible Tooling

Title: Stretchlon Film Enhanced Fabriaction of Nanocomposites with the Resin Infusion Between Double Flexible Tooling.
Name(s): Bhakta, Divyesh, author
Okoli, Okenwa, professor directing thesis
Liang, Zhiyong (Richard), committee member
Dickens, Tarik J., committee member
Olawale, David O., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, degree granting college
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (76 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recent studies have shown that the incorporation of carbon nanotubes (CNT) in to carbon fiber composite parts significantly increase mechanical as well as thermal properties. Polymer nanocomposites are polymer matrix composites that consist of reinforcements that have at least one dimension in the nanometer range. The polymer nanocomposite fabricated parts achieve greater mechanical, thermal, electrical and other properties with a low CNT reinforcement volume fraction. Nanocomposites achieve improved properties because of the higher properties of the nano-reinforcement and the high ratio of surface area to volume (aspect ratio) that provides greater interfacial interaction with the matrix. The fabrication of nanocomposites is primarily by the liquid composite molding (LCM) processes that can be complex process with many challenges. These challenges include poor CNT dispersion, poor bonding between resin and CNT, and blocking or filtration during the infusion process. The Resin Infusion between Double Flexible Tooling (RIDFT) however offers some advantages over the other LCM processes. The preservation and extended use of the mold can result in higher productivity and profit. In addition, a significantly lower pressure that translates to lower equipment cost, will be required to drive the high viscosity CNT-rich resin through the two-dimensional flow in a RIDFT process compared to the three-dimensional flow in the RTM. The RIDFT process may also be used for out-of-autoclave fabrication of composites from pre-pregs. The RIDFT process however has a number of fabrication issues militating against its wide use. These include long production cycle time due to the bottle neck associated with the setup time for cleaning the silicone sheet and the high cost of replacement of the flexible silicone membranes of the RIDFT machine. The introduction of Stretchlon Bagging 800 film may reduce the time that is expended on cleaning the silicone sheets and at the same time reduce the damage that is made to the silicone membranes. The goal of this thesis is to evaluate the performance of the Stretchlon bagging technique with the RIDFT process with the aim of significantly reducing the production cycle time as well as the production cost of composites and nanocomposites without adversely affecting the mechanical properties of the fabricated parts. The results show that the use of the Stretchlon bagging film resulted in reduction in the production cycle time of GFRP and CNT_GFRP parts of 32% and 42% respectively. It also resulted in production set-up (mold preparation) cost reduction for GFRP and CNT-GFRP parts of 49% and 72% respectively. It resulted in increased durability and service life of the silicon mold thereby helping to reduce the production cost. In addition, the use of the Stretchlon bagging film did not adversely affect the mechanical properties of the fabricated GFRP and CNT-GFRP parts. It resulted in an increase of 31.94% and 12.62% in the mean UTS of the GFRP and CNT-GFRP respectively. The Stretchlon film however resulted in reduction in the flexural properties of the fabricated GFRP and CNT-GFRP parts by 30.12% and 18.69% respectively. The use of the Stretchlon bagging film enhanced the in-plane properties of the fabricated parts by helping to increase the fiber volume fraction. The lower resin contents in the parts fabricated with the Stretchlon film may have had an adverse effect in the interlaminar properties resulting in lower flexural strengths. Furthermore, thermal analysis confirmed that there was no change in the glass transition (Tg) temperature of the fabricated parts. Parts fabricated with the Stretchlon bagging film also exhibited better surface finish than those fabricated without using the Stretchlon bagging film. In addition, a new design for the RIDFT with higher pressure capability for better quality parts (higher fiber volume fraction and lower void content) fabrication has been made. The new design also incorporates infrared lamp system for expedited curing of the composite parts in order to reduce the cycle time. Further work is however needed to optimize the RIDFT-Stretchlon film fabrication process for nanocomposites. A more detailed microscopy study needs to be performed to gain better insights into the reasons for the enhanced fiber volume content and in-plane properties achieved with the use of the Stretchlon film. In addition, the study needs to be repeated with functionalized CNTs to study the effects of functionalized CNTs on the fabricated parts, the silicon mold and the Stretchlon film. There is also the need to fabricate the new RIDFT design and optimize its performance for nanocomposite fabrication.
Identifier: FSU_2015fall_Bhakta_fsu_0071N_12806 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: October 6, 2015.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Okenwa Okoli, Professor Directing Thesis; Zhiyong (Richard) Liang, Committee Member; Tarik Dickens, Committee Member; David Olawale, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Engineering
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Owner Institution: FSU

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