Graphene and carbon nanotube (GNT)-reinforced alumina nanocomposites
Journal of the European Ceramic Society
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Alumina nanocomposites reinforced with hybrid GNTs (graphene nanoplatelets, GNPs, and carbon nanotubes, CNTs) were fabricated by hot-pressing. The effects of varied GNT contents on the microstructural features and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were investigated. The well-dispersed GNT fillers resulted in higher sintered densities (>99%) in the composites, whilst the fracture mode alteration, grain refinement and improved strength and flexibility of the composites are associated with the CNTs and GNPs. The average fracture toughness of the nanocomposites reached up to 5.7MPam1/2, against 3.5MPam1/2 of the plain alumina, and the flexural strength improved from 360MPa to 424MPa, at a hybrid addition of 0.5wt% GNPs and 1wt% CNTs. Toughening mechanisms attributed with the unique morphologies and structures of the GNT fillers were also discussed based on analyses on the morphology, grain sizes and fracture mode.
University of Exeter - scholarship
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Copyright © 2015 Elsevier. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of the European Ceramic Society. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2014.08.043
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