Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 13, pp 4370–4382 | Cite as

Energy dissipation in carbon nanotube composites: a review

  • Jonghwan Suhr
  • Nikhil A. KoratkarEmail author
Commonality of Phenomena in Composite Materials


In this article we discuss the energy dissipation that occurs when the interfacial slip of nanoscale fillers is activated in a host matrix material. We consider both polymer (such as polycarbonate, PEO, PEG) and epoxy matrices. The nanoscale fillers considered are carbon nanotubes (both singlewalled and multiwalled) as well as fullerenes. The nano-composites are fabricated by using a solution mixing technique with tetra-hydro-furan as the solvent. The interfacial friction damping is quantified by performing uniaxial dynamic load tests and measuring the material storage and loss modulus. We study various effects such as impact of nanotube weight fraction, nanotube surface treatment (oxidation, epoxidation etc.), test frequency, strain amplitude, operating temperature, as well as effect of pre-strain or biased strain. The effect of geometry (i.e., aspect ratio) is also considered by comparing the damping response of fullerene-composites with that of nanotube-composites.


Storage Modulus Strain Amplitude Loss Modulus Interfacial Shear Stress Polymer Interface 



We acknowledge funding support for this research from the US National Science Foundation (CMS-0347604) and the US Army Research Office (DAAD19–03-1-0036). We also thank our research collaborators at RPI: Professors Linda Schadler, Ravi Kane and Pulickel Ajayan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA
  2. 2.Department of MechanicalAerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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