Multiscale numerical modeling for prediction of piezoresistive effect for polymer composites with a highly segregated structure

Oleg V. Lebedev, Alexander N. Ozerin, Sergey G. Abaimov

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Abstract

In this work, the piezoresistive effect for a polymer nanocomposite with a highly segregated distribution of conductive filler was investigated. As a base polymer for the investigated nanocomposites, ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene, processed in a solid state (below melting point), was used. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were used as a nanofiller forming a highly segregated structure in between polymer particles. A numerical multiscale approach based on the finite element method was proposed to predict changes in the conductive structure composed of MWCNTs in response to uniaxial deformation of the material. At the nanoscale, numerical simulations were conducted for uniformly distributed MWCNTs providing confinement of the filler to a two-dimensional layer with a high volume fraction of the filler in between two polymer particles. At the microscale, the piezoresistive response to uniaxial deformation for the three-dimensional highly segregated structure reconstructed from experimental data was investigated numerically. The embedded element method was implemented to conduct a realistic and computationally efficient simulation of MWCNT behavior during deformation of the nanocomposite. The results of numerical simulations were compared with the experimental data to prove the correctness of assumptions used in the modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number162
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalNanomaterials
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Carbon nanoparticles
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Piezoresistive effect
  • Polymer composites
  • Ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene

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