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Study of Interface Adhesive Properties of Wurtzite Materials for Carbon Fiber Composites

Abstract Recently, the use of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires as an interphase in composite materials has been demonstrated to increase the interfacial shear strength between carbon fiber and an epoxy matrix. In this research work, the strong adhesion between ZnO and carbon fiber is investigated to elucidate the interactions at the interface that result in high interfacial strength. First, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to calculate the adhesive energy between bare carbon and ZnO. Since the carbon fiber surface has oxygen functional groups, these were modeled and MD simulations showed the preference of ketones to strongly interact with ZnO, however, this was not observed in the case of hydroxyls and carboxylic acid. It was also found t... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Galan Vera, Magdian Ulises (Author) / Sodano, Henry A (Advisor) / Jiang, Hanqing (Committee member) / Solanki, Kiran (Committee member) / Oswald, Jay (Committee member) / Speyer, Gil (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mechanical engineering
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 106 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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