In the present study, hierarchical single-wall carbon nanotube covered Glass fibres (GF-CNT) are developed for self-sensing Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of epoxy laminate composites. The unidirectional (UD) CNT-modified glass fibers were fabricated by a versatile and scalable wet-chemical blade coating deposition process under ambient conditions. GF-CNT were employed to manufacture UD damage sensing composite laminates. Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM) revealed an extremely homogeneous CNT nanolayer consisting of highly entangled CNT networks covering fully the GF surfaces. A comprehensive electrical characterization of the manufactured laminate was carried out, revealing a strongly orthotropic response in terms of electrical resistivity. The damage sensing capability of the new developed “smart” reinforcement material was verified taking advantage of mode I Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) tests carried out on specimens with a pre-delamination. The electrical resistance, measured during the tests, exhibited a pronounced increase proportional to the delamination growth. The experimental data were also compared with the assessment of a predictive analytical model, showing a very satisfactory agreement

Highly conductive ultra-sensitive SWCNT-coated glass fiber reinforcements for laminate composites structural health monitoring

Zappalorto, Michele;Panozzo, Francesco;Maragoni, Lucio;Quaresimin, Marino
2019

Abstract

In the present study, hierarchical single-wall carbon nanotube covered Glass fibres (GF-CNT) are developed for self-sensing Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of epoxy laminate composites. The unidirectional (UD) CNT-modified glass fibers were fabricated by a versatile and scalable wet-chemical blade coating deposition process under ambient conditions. GF-CNT were employed to manufacture UD damage sensing composite laminates. Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM) revealed an extremely homogeneous CNT nanolayer consisting of highly entangled CNT networks covering fully the GF surfaces. A comprehensive electrical characterization of the manufactured laminate was carried out, revealing a strongly orthotropic response in terms of electrical resistivity. The damage sensing capability of the new developed “smart” reinforcement material was verified taking advantage of mode I Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) tests carried out on specimens with a pre-delamination. The electrical resistance, measured during the tests, exhibited a pronounced increase proportional to the delamination growth. The experimental data were also compared with the assessment of a predictive analytical model, showing a very satisfactory agreement
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