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Numerical Simulation of Tensile Residual Stresses in SWCNT-Reinforced Polymer Composites

M. R. Soleimany, M. Jamal-Omidi, S. M. Nabavi and M. Tavakolian


The residual stresses play a significant role in the mechanical properties and strengthening capability of nanocomposites. The present research aims to numerically investigate the residual stress relaxation in nanotube-reinforced polymers in response to mechanical tensile loading. The systems under study consist of the armchair and zigzag single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) embedded in a polymer matrix. The nanotubes and polymer matrix are assumed to be bonded by van der Waals interactions based on the Lennard-Jones (L-J) potential at the interface. The interactions between carbon atoms in the nanotube and nodes in the polymer matrix are modelled by equivalent springs. In order to evaluate the analysis of elastic-perfectly plastic using finite element (FE) modelling, first, relaxation of the plastic residual stresses on steel hemisphere in contact with a rigid flat surface was examined in a loading-unloading cycle and verified with available data. Afterwards, the residual stress relaxation in nanotubes with different space-frame structures was computed due to displacement-controlled loading. Finally, the stress state and the plastic residual stresses in the nanocomposite for different carbon nanotube content were analyzed and discussed during loading and unloading. Regarding the effect of tensile stress, it was revealed that nanotube structures have significant effects on the residual stresses created in the nanocomposite.

Majid Jamal-Omidi, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Malek-Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, 15875-1774, Iran E-mail:


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Received: 2020-03-08
Accepted: 2020-06-07
Published Online: 2021-03-09
Published in Print: 2021-03-26

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