Interaction modelling of the thermomechanical behaviour of spatially-oriented graphene platelets (GPLs) reinforced polymer matrix

Ahmed Elmasry*, Wiyao Azoti, Mohab Elmarakbi, Ahmed Elmarakbi

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Abstract

Graphene has a diversity of properties, making it an attractive candidate as a reinforcement material. To fully exploit these properties; robust mathematical models should be designed and developed. However, considering interactions between embedded GPLs is a challenging task. These interactions have an important contribution to the behaviour of nanocomposite material, and most of the available numerical and analytical literature ignore them. The current work discloses an integrated and computationally inexpensive approach to help discover new realistic graphene platelets (GPLs) nanocomposite model using analytical Multi-site (MS) scheme. The superiority of MS modelling is achieved by the consideration of the effect of the interaction between GPLs inclusions and their neighbourhood. Analytical One-site (OS) scheme is also utilised to derive the macroscopic response of the composite with random microstructures. The modelling techniques employed to derive the overall response of the composite are based on a thermomechanical kinematics integral equation. In addition to the analytical investigation, numerical characterisation using finite element modelling (FEM) is also performed on a representative volume element (RVE) to confront the analytical micromechanics formulation. GPLs are selected for modelling the graphene for which different orientation are considered within a Polyamide-Nylon 6 (GPL/PA6) matrix. Our study provides a promising framework approach for a coherent design of this category of materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111183
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Volume232
Early online date4 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Aug 2021

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