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In this research work we characterize the mechanical and curing properties of the developed composites embedded with nano-particles. A composite sample with both magnetostrictive property and piezoelectric property is manufactured. The magnetostrictive property is achieved by the addition of Terfenol-D nanoparticles within the composite constituents and the piezoelectric property by the addition of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). The presence of these foreign materials within the composite system affects the overall composite mechanical properties. Composite prepreg samples of constant optimal nanoparticle volume fractions as per literature were fabricated. Thermal properties were investigated using deferential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The aim was to characterize the curing properties of the prepreg samples with different nanoparticles before fabrication of the composite samples to explore the effect of the nanoparticles on the manufacturing properties. Bonding properties in the presence of the nanoparticles were characterized using Nicolet 6700 FTIR Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). The samples fabricated as per ASTM standards were then passed through a series of mechanical tests to explore fracture toughness. The aim was to investigate the effect of nanoparticles on the composite delamination properties and inter-laminar fracture toughness. [Copyright 2021. Used by the Society of the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering with permission. Proceedings of SAMPE neXus 2021, Virtual Event, June 29 – July 1, 2021. Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering – North America.]


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