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Development of structural composites of epoxy resin/fiberglass using graphene buckypaper as resistive element.

Grant number: 23/08407-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2024
Effective date (End): December 31, 2025
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Nonmetallic Materials
Principal Investigator:Edson Cocchieri Botelho
Grantee:Thaís Ferreira da Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia (FEG). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Guaratinguetá. Guaratinguetá , SP, Brazil


TThis project aims to develop and study structural composites of epoxy resin, fiberglass and hybrid buckypaper of carbon nanotubes and graphene, for applications in the aerospace and automotive areas. Epoxy resin is a thermostable polymer used for structural applications. Glass fibers have a good relationship between mechanical properties and costs. Buckypaper is a thin surface formed by carbon nanomaterials. Hybrid buckypapers will be produced with three different concentrations of carbon nanotubes and graphene, and two different types of graphene. The buckypapers will be characterized by various techniques, such as XRD, FT-IR, Raman, electrical resistivity, nitrogen gas adsorption, SEM-FEG and TGA. Three types of laminates will be prepared with pre-impregnated fiberglass and epoxy resin: a reference laminate, a laminate with buckypaper films and a cured laminate with buckypaper as a resistive element. The laminates will be characterized by SEM-FEG, TGA, DSC, DMA, electrical resistivity, ILSS and vibration tests. The effect of the surface energies of the materials on the interface adhesion of structural composites will also be evaluated. BEPE is planned to be held at the University of Central Florida in the United States of America.

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