Investigation of the elastic properties of poly (methyl methacrylate) reinforced with graphene nanoplatelets

Muhammettursun, Mahmut, Bel, Tayfun, Kocacinar, Ecem, Erman, Ecem, Gul, Fuat Berke, Augousti, Andy and Baydogan, Nilgun (2021) Investigation of the elastic properties of poly (methyl methacrylate) reinforced with graphene nanoplatelets. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 138(29), p. 50689. ISSN (print) 0021-8995


The technique for synthesis of poly (methyl methacrylate) by atom transfer radical polymerization has been strengthened by using graphene nanoplatelets to enhance the elastic properties of the polymer. In order to improve practical, economical and mechanical performance, the requirements for effective implementation of production control as a smart bulk polymer nanocomposite were determined for cost-effective bulk production. Three-dimensional inspection (using an ultrasound interrogation method for the whole volume under test) confirmed the synthesis of the nanocomposite to be free of agglomeration and bubbles. As a result of this elimination of defects, an enhancement in compressive strength of 42.7% was achieved and the Rockwell hardness was increased by 19.9 % through the addition of graphene nanoplatelets at 2 wt% by mass. The deformation and mechanical failure properties have been characterised in the mechanical enhancement of the polymer nanocomposite. Elastic parameters determined using ultrasound testing identified that changes in the structural features following the addition of these GNPs were uniquely connected to the enhancements in these elastic parameters (such as Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio, shear modulus and microhardness) of the poly (methyl methacrylate) / graphene nanoplatelets nanocomposite.

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