Abstract

Polymer composites are finding a range of applications across different fields of engineering. Hence, there is a need to understand the properties of these polymer composites. Mechanical testing can be done to determine the properties but firstly the composite must be manufactured consuming time and money. However, if the properties gained differ from those expected from composite the obtained data is rejected, and a new composite must be manufactured consuming more time and effort.

The micromechanical models play an important role in estimating the properties of the polymer composites. These models estimate the properties of the composite by estimating the properties of the constituents that build up the composite. However, these models fail to explain the effect of particle size on to the mechanical properties of the overall composites.

The study reviews different micromechanical theories and focuses on the development of an analytical model that can accurately predict the effect of clay particle size on to the mechanical properties of pultruded polymer composites with clay filler particles and the numerical results are compared to experimental data to validate the analytical model.

Advisor

Jin Park

First Committee Member

Shaobiao Cai

Second Committee Member

Farhad Reza

Date of Degree

2017

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical and Civil Engineering

College

Science, Engineering and Technology

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