Numerical analysis of acoustic wave propagation in layered carbon nanofiber reinforced polymer composites
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Appl. Phys.
THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES; NANOTUBE FILMS; DISPERSION; SCATTERING; Physics, Applied
Polymer composites reinforced by carbon nanofibers (CNFs) in the form of paper sheet show significant vibration and acoustic damping improvement when compared to pure matrix materials. Without looking into the microscopic energy dissipation mechanisms, this paper analyzes the wave propagation in the composites from a macroscopic point of view. The CNF nanocomposites in this study were treated as stacking of alternating layers of pure polymer and CNF reinforced polymer. Analyses of acoustic wave propagation focused oil revealing the effects of acoustic impedance discontinuity at the interfaces of the layered structure. Plane wave transmission coefficient has been calculated as a function of the number of the layer repeats and thickness at different wave frequencies. Oscillations in the transmission coefficient have been observed when the acoustic wavelength is oil the same order of the bilayer thickness, indicating the possibility of designing the nanocomposite structure to optimize noise reduction characteristics. The numerical analysis converges with effective media theory when acoustic wavelength is much larger than the layer thickness. (c) 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Journal of Applied Physics
"Numerical analysis of acoustic wave propagation in layered carbon nanofiber reinforced polymer composites" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 1030.