FURI | Fall 2019

Optimum Methods of Nanoscale Material Characterization for Analyzing Interphase Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

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This experiment studied the performance of the most common methods of nanoscale material characterization on polymer matrix composites (PMC). This lightweight and high-strength material is used in critical structures such as aircraft and energy generation due to its unique properties. To fully understand the mechanical properties of a PMC, the interphase region between the fiber and polymer matrix must be characterized as this region governs stress transfer and thus its bulk characteristics. With a direct comparison of mechanical property and topographical data, an optimal method of testing will be determined for the understanding the PMC interphase mechanical properties.

Student researcher

Jack Mester

Jack D Mester

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2020