Fabrication of carbon inﬁltrated carbon nanotubes (CI-CNT) can result in large mechanical property variation, and methods to characterize properties usually involve destructive testing. Finding a non-destructive way to test for stiffness of this material reduces the number of parts that have to be made. It also simpliﬁes testing of complex parts. The stiffness of CI-CNT beams is related to the type of carbon material inﬁltrated between the carbon nanotubes (CNTs), how it interacts with the CNTs, and how much of it there is. The amount of material can be estimated using the density of the beam, and both the type of material and its interaction with the carbon nanotubes can be approximated through analysis of the Raman spectra taken at the surface. A combination of these two observations can be related to the effective material stiffness. The relationship can be ﬁtted with a power function, with a variance of 1.41 GPa, which is about 11% of the maximum stiffness of the samples tested. This variance is similar to the larger variations in CI-CNT beam stiffnesses found in a single batch of beams.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Fagergren, Fred Stile, "Using Non-Destructive Testing to Predict Bending Modulus of Carbon Infiltrated-Carbon Nanotubes" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 8817.
Raman Spectroscopy, density, Carbon Nanotubes, CI-CNT, Bending Modulus, beam