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Spherically shaped micron-size particle-reinforced PMMA and PC composites for improving energy absorption capability
Author(s): Hyung-ick Kim; Eung-Chun Kang; Jae-Soon Jang; Jonghwan Suhr
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Paper Abstract

The focus of this study was to experimentally investigate spherically shaped micron-size particles reinforced polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polycarbonate (PC) polymer composites for improving energy absorbing capabilities such as toughness and low-velocity impact resistance. In this study, a solution mixing method was developed to fabricate both PMMA and PC polymer composites with spherically shaped micron-size polyamide- nylon 6 (PA6) particles inclusions. The morphology of the fracture surfaces of polymer composites was examined by using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Strain-rate dependent response of both PMMA and PC polymer composites was investigated by characterizing tensile and flexural properties. Low-velocity penetration testing was performed for both polymer composites and the key results observed for energy absorption capabilities are discussed in this study.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7978, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2011, 79780U (28 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.885037
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Hyung-ick Kim, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Eung-Chun Kang, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Jae-Soon Jang, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Jonghwan Suhr, Univ. of Delaware (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7978:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2011
Zoubeida Ounaies; Stefan S. Seelecke, Editor(s)

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