Tensile Behavior of SiCNP and MWCNTs Filled Toughened Epoxy Nanocomposites: A Comparative Study

S. Ratim, S. Ahmad, N.N. Bonnia, E.S. Ali, J.A. Razak
2016 Procedia Chemistry  
This study is conducted to evaluate the tensile properties of silicon carbide nanoparticles (SiCNP) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) filled toughened epoxy composites as a function of filler loading. The nanocomposites with different weight percentage of SiCNP and MWCNTs loading were fabricated by mechanical blending operation assisted with an ultrasonic cavitation technique. The loadings utilized were 0, 2, 4, and 6% of total composites weight. The result shows that the optimum filler
more » ... the optimum filler loading of both systems were obtainable at 4% of SiCNP and MWCNTs of loadings. Composite with SiCNP filler achieved the highest value of tensile strength and Young's modulus at about 11% and 4%, respectively as compared to unfilled system. The enhancement pattern in MWCNTs nanocomposite systems were not significant as compared than SiCNP composite. The tensile strength and Young's modulus of MWCNTs composite were increased at only about 7% and 2%, respectively compared than unfilled system. The strain at break attribute for both filler system had shown reduction pattern at higher loading started from 2% loading and onwards. The variation in tensile properties were further supported by the tensile fracture morphologies and clearly shown that the filler-matrix plated an important role in affecting the tensile behavior of nanocomposite produced.
doi:10.1016/j.proche.2016.03.098 fatcat:jfjrq6mjpncr3n5kico4txdu7e