Adhesives, Aluminum oxide, Nanocomposites (Materials), Spectrum analysis, PSLS -- photo stimulated luminescence spectroscopy
A non-invasive method to quantify the stress distribution in polymer-based materials is presented through the piezospectroscopic calibration of alumina-epoxy nanocomposites. Three different alumina volume fraction nanocomposites were created and loaded under uniaxial compression in order to determine the relationship between applied stress and the frequency shift of the R-lines produced by alumina under excitation. Quantitative values for six piezospectroscopic coefficients were obtained which represent the stress-sensing property of the nanocomposites. The results were applied to an alumina-filled adhesive in a single lap shear configuration demonstrating the capability of the technique to monitor R-line peak positions with high spatial resolution and assess the stress distribution within the material prior to failure. Additionally, particle dispersion and volume fraction were confirmed with spectral intensities, introducing a novel experimental method for the assessment of quality in manufacturing of such nanocomposites. Results were further used to initiate studies in determining the load transfer to the nanoparticles and assessing the fundamental driving mechanisms.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Stevenson, Amanda L., "Calibration of Alumina-epoxy Nanocomposites Using Piezospectroscopy for the Development of Stress-sensing Adhesives" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6636.