1st Edition

Characterization of Nanocomposites Technology and Industrial Applications

Edited By Frank Abdi, Mohit Garg Copyright 2017
    508 Pages 25 Color & 274 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    508 Pages 25 Color & 274 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    These days, advanced multiscale hybrid materials are being produced in the industry, studied by universities, and used in several applications. Unlike for macromaterials, it is difficult to obtain the physical, mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of nanomaterials because of the scale. Designers, however, must have knowledge of these properties to perform any finite element analysis or durability and damage tolerance analysis. This is the book that brings this knowledge within easy reach.

    What makes the book unique is the fact that its approach that combines multiscale multiphysics and statistical analysis with multiscale progressive failure analysis. The combination gives a very powerful tool for minimizing tests, improving accuracy, and understanding the effect of the statistical nature of materials, in addition to the mechanics of advanced multiscale materials, all the way to failure. The book focuses on obtaining valid mechanical properties of nanocomposite materials by accurate prediction and observed physical tests, as well as by evaluation of test anomalies of advanced multiscale nanocomposites containing nanoparticles of different shapes, such as chopped fiber, spherical, and platelet, in polymeric, ceramic, and metallic materials. The prediction capability covers delamination, fracture toughness, impact resistance, conductivity, and fire resistance of nanocomposites. The methodology employs a high-fidelity procedure backed with comparison of predictions with test data for various types of static, fatigue, dynamic, and crack growth problems. Using the proposed approach, a good correlation between the simulation and experimental data is established.

    Nanostructure Bulk Property Predictions Using Molecular Mechanics

    Jerry Housner and Frank Abdi

    Obtaining Material Properties from the Bottom-Up Approach

    B. Farahmand

    Fiber–Matrix Interphase Effects on Damage Progression in Composite Structures

    Levon Minnetyan, Xiaofeng Su, and Frank Abdi

    Composite Nanomechanics: A Mechanistic Properties Prediction

    Christos C. Chamis

    Analyzing Interlaminar Shear Strength of Multiscale Composites via Combined Finite Element and Progressive Failure Analysis Approach

    Mohit Garg, Frank Abdi, and Stuart McHugh

    Validation for Multiscale Composites: Glass/Epoxy/Silica Nanoparticles

    Mohit Garg and Parviz Yavari

    Influence of Nanoparticles and Effect of Defects on Mode I and II Fracture Toughness and Impact Resistance

    Christos C. Chamis, Frank Abdi, Harsh Baid, and Parviz Yavari

    Prediction/Verification of Composite Electrical Properties and Nano-Insertion Improvement

    Levon Minnetyan, Frank Abdi, Christos C. Chamis, and Dade Huang

    Polymer Nanocomposites as Ablative Materials: A Comprehensive Review

    J. H. Koo, M. Natali, J. Tate, and E. Allcorn

    Antifriction Nanocomposites Based on the Chemically Modified Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

    Lyudmila A. Kornienko and Sergey V. Panin

    Modeling of Mechanical Properties in Nanoparticle Reinforced Polymers Using Atomistic Simulations

    Samit Roy and Avinash Reddy Akepati

    Prediction of Effect of Waviness, Interfacial Bonding, and Agglomeration of Carbon Nanotubes on Their Polymer Composites

    Mohit Garg, Frank Abdi, and Jerrold Housner

    Dispersion of Nanoparticles in Polymers

    Ambrose C. Taylor and David J. Bray

    Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Nanoparticle/Polymer Composites

    G. M. Odegard, T. C. Clancy, and T. S. Gates

    Predicting the Elastic Properties of CNF/Thermoset Polymer Composites Considering the Effect of Interphase and Fiber Waviness

    Masoud Rais-Rohani and Mohammad Rouhi

    Part 1: Multiscale Nanocomposite Fatigue Life Determination

    Kamran Nikbin and Anthony J. Kinloch

    Part 2: Multiscale Nanocomposite Fatigue Life Determination

    Kamran Nikbin and Anthony J. Kinloch

    Stress Analysis and Fracture in Nanolaminate Composites

    Christos C. Chamis

    Probabilistic Simulation for Nanocomposite Fracture

    Christos C. Chamis

    Material Characterization and Microstructural Assessment: Fatigue Curve S-N Development Using Fracture Mechanics

    Hamid Saghizadeh


    Frank Abdi is the chief scientist of AlphaSTAR Corporation. He has over 35 years’ experience in computer-based modeling and software development for a range of applications associated with advanced composite materials and structures, durability and damage tolerance, and aircraft certification. Before founding ASC, he worked at Boeing/Rockwell Aerospace advanced program. He has published more than 200 journal articles and conference papers. Dr. Abdi received a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan (1974-1975) and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California (1980). He currently serves as adjunct professor at UCLA and as visiting professor at Imperial College London. He is the recipient of several awards, including NASA Software of the Year (1999), R&D 100 (2000, 2015), US Senate Tibbets Award (2001), and NASA Columbia Accident Investigation Award (2003).

    Mohit Garg is a material and structural research engineer at AlphaSTAR Corporation. His research interests are focused mainly on modeling of thermosets, thermoplastics, and nano-, micro-, and macro-level mechanics, including the theoretical background of continuum mechanics. He has to his credit several publications on the failure assessment of composite material systems of various configurations, the material systems ranging from nanoparticles, polymers, and metals to two- and three-dimensional composite and hybrid systems. He is equally capable of performing and improving fracture mechanics–based analyses subjected to static, fatigue, and impact-type problems. Garg received his BSc in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (2003) and his MSc in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005). His research projects have been accepted recently for publication in well-known journals.