CNF Reinforced Multiscale Composites

Ronald L. Poveda, Nikhil Gupta

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Given the advantages of utilizing CNFs in polymers for improvement in mechanical properties, current research has progressed to the reinforcement of composites with three or more phases in order to elicit specified composite property enhancements and support tailorability and multifunctionality within composite systems. Since there are several possible categories in which to classify such composites, the following sections will focus on two types of composites that have been prominent in the literature: (1) particle reinforced composites with CNFs and (2) continuous fiber composite laminates with CNFs. In this chapter, the processing methods used to enhance the mechanical properties of the composite are discussed first, and then the studies involving composites containing polymer matrices, CNFs, and additional phases are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Materials
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Materials
ISSN (Print)2192-1091
ISSN (Electronic)2192-1105


  • Carbon fiber
  • Carbon nanotube
  • Density-fracture toughness relation
  • Fracture toughness
  • Glass fiber
  • Hollow particle
  • Nanoclay
  • Nanoscale reinforcement
  • Syntactic foam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)


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