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Predictions of young's modulus of inorganic fibrous particulate-reinforced polymer composites


  • Ji-Zhao Liang

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    • Research Division of Green Function Materials and Equipment, School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China
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In this study, the factors affecting the Young's modulus of inorganic fibrous particulate-reinforced polymer composites were analyzed, and a new expression of the Young's modulus was derived and was based on a simplified mechanical model. This equation was used to estimate the composite Young's modulus. The estimated relative Young's modulus increased nonlinearly with increasing filler volume fraction. Finally, we verified the equation preliminarily by quoting the measured Young's modulus values of poly(butylene terephthalate)/wollastonite, polypropylene/wollastonite, and nylon 6/wollastonite composites reported in the literature. Good agreement was shown between the predictions and the experimental data of the relative Young's modulus values for these three composite systems. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 130: 2957–2961, 2013