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Damage Mechanisms in Multiwall Carbon Nanotube-based Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites under Ballistic Impact Loading

Harishsaiprasad Kallagunta, Jitendra S Tate


The incorporation of nanomaterials even in very small amounts has a significant effect on the properties of the fiber reinforced polymer reinforced composites. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are studied mostly due to their potential for higher energy absorption capacity and high hardness. Due to the enormous growth of utilization of composites in aerospace, automotive, marine, and defense industry, impact resistance is a major concern due to their high susceptibility to impact damage. This work reviews the recent developments in the ballistic resistance of carbon fiber polymer matrix composite systems which are incorporated with carbon nanotubes. The discussion also throws light on the different modes of failures in the composite systems and also how interfacial interactions of carbon nanotubes with the fibers contribute to the higher energy absorption capacity of the composite systems.

Keywords: Ballistic testing, carbon nanotubes, polymer matrix composites, nanocomposites



Ballistic Testing, Carbon Nanotubes, Polymer Matrix Composites, Nanocomposites.

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