Lightweight, high performance polymer composites for modern engineering applications

Jennifer Lynch, T. J. Nosker, B. K. Kear, A. Tewatia, M. Taghon, J. Wooding

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Abstract

Modern engineering applications require a new class of lightweight materials that offer high performance. Graphene-polymer matrix composites are promising structural materials due to the exceptional properties of graphene. Here, we demonstrate a general approach to produce graphene nanoflake enhanced polymer matrix composites (G-PMCs) that utilizes in situ shear exfoliation of graphite particles directly within molten polymer, which provides strong graphene-matrix bonding, possibility for high graphene concentrations, and reduced materials costs. Several polymers used in this work to prepare G-PMCs show an increase in tensile modulus ranging from 200 -530 %, depending on the polymer chemistry. These G-PMCs offer high modulus at reduced weight and costs relative to traditional materials and carbon fiber PMCs. This materials substitution offers operational energy cost savings since fuel costs are lowered and longer service lifetime since these materials are corrosion resistant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechConnect Briefs 2018 - Advanced Materials
EditorsMatthew Laudon, Fiona Case, Fiona Case, Bart Romanowicz
PublisherTechConnect
Pages192-195
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780998878225
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event11th Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Held Jointly with the 20th Annual Nanotech Conference and Expo,the 2018 SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, and the Defense TechConnect DTC Spring Conference - Anaheim, United States
Duration: May 13 2018May 16 2018

Publication series

NameTechConnect Briefs 2018 - Advanced Materials
Volume1

Other

Other11th Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Held Jointly with the 20th Annual Nanotech Conference and Expo,the 2018 SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, and the Defense TechConnect DTC Spring Conference
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period5/13/185/16/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)

Keywords

  • Graphene
  • Lightweight
  • Mechanical properties
  • Polymer matrix composites

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    Lynch, J., Nosker, T. J., Kear, B. K., Tewatia, A., Taghon, M., & Wooding, J. (2018). Lightweight, high performance polymer composites for modern engineering applications. In M. Laudon, F. Case, F. Case, & B. Romanowicz (Eds.), TechConnect Briefs 2018 - Advanced Materials (pp. 192-195). (TechConnect Briefs 2018 - Advanced Materials; Vol. 1). TechConnect.