Mechanical properties of CFRP laminates manufactured from unidirectional prepregs using CSCNT-dispersed epoxy

Tomohiro Yokozeki, Yutaka Iwahori, Shin Ishiwata, Kiyoshi Enomoto

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This study presents the experimental results of the mechanical properties of three-phase CFRP laminates consisting of traditional carbon fibers and epoxy matrix modified using cup-stacked carbon nanotubes (CSCNTs) in comparison to those of CFRP laminates without CSCNTs. The prepreg system of carbon fibers impregnated with CSCNT-dispersed epoxy is developed, and successful fabrication of three-phase CFRP laminates is achieved using an autoclave. Basic mechanical properties of unidirectional laminates (stiffness, strength, fracture toughness, etc.) are summarized. Next, quasi-isotropic laminates are subjected to tension, compression, flexural, and compression after impact (CAI) tests. Improvement of stiffness and strength and no adverse effects on mechanical properties due to CSCNT dispersion are experimentally verified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2121-2130
Number of pages10
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


  • A. Laminates
  • A. Polymer matrix composites
  • B. Fracture toughness
  • B. Strength
  • Cup-stacked carbon nanotube

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