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Nanocomposite Materials Chapter 6

Preparation and mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced silica aerogels and its phase change nanocomposite

X. Zhou
Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

pp. 404 - 407

Keywords: fiber, silia aerogel, nanocomposite, SEM, mechanical properties

The present study is devoted to the investigation of mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced silica aerogels and composite phase change materials. We firstly reported our study on the preparation process of fiber-reinforced silica aerogels and PCM/silica nanocomposite, and then performed the bending and compression strength properties of the fiber-reinforced silica aerogels and the PCM/silica nanocomposite through two techniques: three-point bending and uni-axial compression. In addition, the effects of fiber content on mechanical properties were investigated. We found that the bending strength and compression strength of fiber-reinforced aerogels increased firstly when adding fiber volume fraction from 5.8% to 9.4%, and then decreased when adding fiber volume fraction from 9.4% to 11.5%.