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A self-sensing fiber reinforced polymer composite using mechanophore-based smart polymer
Author(s): Jin Zou; Yingtao Liu; Aditi Chattopadhyay; Lenore Dai
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Paper Abstract

Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) are ubiquitous in engineering applications due to their superior mechanical properties at low weight. However, they are susceptible to damage due to their low interlaminar mechanical properties and poor heat and charge transport in the transverse direction to the laminate. Moreover, methods to inspect and ensure the reliability of composites are expensive and labor intensive. Recently, mechanophore-based smart polymer has attracted significant attention, especially for self-sensing of matrix damage in PMCs. A cyclobutane-based self-sensing approach using 1,1,1-tris (cinnamoyloxymethyl) ethane (TCE) and poly (vinyl cinnamate) (PVCi) has been studied in this paper. The self-sensing function was investigated at both the polymer level and composite laminate level. Fluorescence emissions were observed on PMC specimens subjected to low cycle fatigue load, indicating the presence of matrix cracks. Results are presented for graphite fiber reinforced composites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9432, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2015, 943204 (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085979
Show Author Affiliations
Jin Zou, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Yingtao Liu, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Aditi Chattopadhyay, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Lenore Dai, Arizona State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9432:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2015
Nakhiah C. Goulbourne, Editor(s)

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