Constitutive Modeling of Shear Rheology of Polystyrene Carbon Nanofiber Composites with Increasing Fiber Loading
Carbon nanofiber polymer composite
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Undergraduate Research Theses; 2016
This research focuses on accurately modeling the rheology of polystyrene carbon nanofiber composites with increased weight loading. Producing an accurate model is necessary in order to progress carbon nanofiber composites from research into industry. This work is aimed at applying an existing model that has been optimized for two weight percent composites with increased weight percent composites. The model was tested against five weight percent and ten weight percent. The model produces parameters that allow for insight into the physical behavior of the composite such as the polymer particle interaction. Using higher weight percent composites also allows for insight into the deficiencies of the model and what needs to be improved. One such deficiency are areas of divergence produced from differential equation solvers that solve the model. Many different parameters factor into increasing or decreasing the area of divergence. For instance, as weight percent increases so does the area of divergence. These investigations can produce findings that improve the model.
Academic Major: Chemical Engineering