The toughness mechanisms of epoxy-based nanocomposites reinforced by double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNT) are investigated using Raman microscopy mapping. Maps of the residual strain of the carbon nanotubes were generated for the fracture surfaces obtained after tensile loading. By imaging through different microscope objectives, Raman mapping allowed to determine the distribution of the nanotube residual strain, indicating tension or compression, in different sampling volumes near the fracture surface. The G′ band with its high sensitivity to nanotube diameter variations, and not overlapping with the characteristic epoxy Raman lines, was selected for the mapping. Results provide a quantitative analysis of the nanotube bridging and pull-out mechanisms identified by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) inspection of the fracture surfaces.

Mapping the residual strain of carbon nanotubes in DWCNT/epoxy nanocomposites after tensile load using Raman microscopy

Botti S.;Rufoloni A.;
2020

Abstract

The toughness mechanisms of epoxy-based nanocomposites reinforced by double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNT) are investigated using Raman microscopy mapping. Maps of the residual strain of the carbon nanotubes were generated for the fracture surfaces obtained after tensile loading. By imaging through different microscope objectives, Raman mapping allowed to determine the distribution of the nanotube residual strain, indicating tension or compression, in different sampling volumes near the fracture surface. The G′ band with its high sensitivity to nanotube diameter variations, and not overlapping with the characteristic epoxy Raman lines, was selected for the mapping. Results provide a quantitative analysis of the nanotube bridging and pull-out mechanisms identified by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) inspection of the fracture surfaces.
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