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Toughening mechanisms in nanoparticle polymer composites

experimental evidences and modeling

M. Quaresimin1; M. Salviato1,2; M. Zappalorto1    1 University of Padova, Vicenza, Italy2 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Abstract

The success of nanotechnology in structural applications is founded on the development of models, analytical or numerical, to predict the macroscopic fracturing behavior as a function of the molecular structure of the polymer and the nanofiller. This is particularly challenging because the final process of failure is inherently a multiscale process involving several length and temporal scales and the formulation of physically based multiscale models with real predictive capability can but stand on the identification ...

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