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Accession Number ADA564045
Title Development of Toughened and Multifunctional Nanocomposites for Ship Structures.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 34p
Personal Author C. T. Sun
Abstract This report consists of two parts. The objective of the first part of the research was to use a sol-gel in-situ produced silica nanoparticle- modified epoxy to manufacture fiber composites in order to enhance the mechanical properties of fiber composites. Vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process was used to fabricate unidirectional E-glass fiber reinforced silica/epoxy nanocomposites. Off-axis composite specimens with and without silica nanoparticles were tested to compare the compressive strength. A method for extracting the longitudinal compressive strength of the GFRP was developed based on the off-axis test data. Moreover, a microbuckling model was employed to predict the compressive strength based on the stress-strain curve of the silica nanocomposite. In the second part of the research, resonators are inserted into the core to provide a new degree of freedom in motion. Models for this new sandwich structure were first constructed. These models were subsequently employed to study wave propagation and the bandgap structure in the sandwich structure. Finally, sandwich specimens were manufactured and dynamic experiments were conducted to verify the analytical results.
Keywords Bandgap
Compressive strength
Dynamic response
Fiber composite
Fiber reinforced composites
Mechanical properties
Off-axis test
Sandwich structures
Ship structural components
Wave attenuation
Wave propagation
Wave slamming

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 71F - Composite Materials
47A - Marine Engineering
Corporate Author Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN. School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. 1 Apr 2005-31 Mar 2011.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N00014-1-0552

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