Experimental and numerical studies of fatigue properties of carbon/glass fiber/epoxy hybrid composites enhanced with nano TiO2 powder
Mustafa Baqir Hunain 1  
,   Bassim A. Abass 1  
,   Jaffer Mossa 1  
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University of Babylon
Mustafa Baqir Hunain   

University of Babylon
Submission date: 2021-01-19
Final revision date: 2021-04-20
Acceptance date: 2021-04-23
Online publication date: 2021-04-26
Publication date: 2021-04-26
The present work deals with the fatigue behavior of hybrid nanocomposites consisting epoxy strengthen by unidirectional carbon fibres, and/or woven roving glass fiber and TiO2 nanofillers. For this purpose, nanocomposite material was manufactured by mixing TiO2 nanoparticles with the epoxy using an ultrasonic mixer to insure complete dispersion of such particles in the base material. Different particle concentrations (1, 3, and 5) % wt. of TiO2 nanoparticles have been added to the epoxy. Different types of hybrid nano composite materials were manufactured by adding three layers of carbon fibers and/or woven roving glass fiber to the prepared epoxy nanocomposite materials with a constant weight fraction of 30%. The laminated hybrid nanocomposite materials were then prepared using hand lay-up technique using a vacuum device. For experimental purposes tensile and fatigue test specimens have been manufactured according to ASTM-D3039 and ASTM D 3479/D 3479M–96, respectively, while ANSYS19 program was used to analyze the fatigue behavior of such materials numerically. Tensile tests were carried out at room temperature while fatigue tests has been carried out at constant stress ratio (R=-1). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to identify the underlying mechanisms for fatigue failure and the progressive of damage growth.
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