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Wrinkled Few-Layer Graphene as Highly Efficient Load Bearer

Wrinkled Few-Layer Graphene as Highly Efficient Load Bearer
Konstantinos Papagelis, Jaroslava Rahova, Costas Galiotis, Otakar Frank, John Parthenios, Krishna Sampathkumar, Emmanuel N. Koukaras, Charalampos Androulidakis
Multilayered graphitic materials are not suitable as load-bearers due to their inherent weak interlayer bonding (for example, graphite is a solid lubricant in certain applications). This situation is largely improved when two-dimensional (2D) materials such as a monolayer (SLG) graphene are employed. The downside in these cases is the presence of thermally or mechanically induced wrinkles which are ubiquitous in 2D materials. Here we set out to examine the effect of extensive large wavelength/amplitude wrinkling on the stress transfer capabilities of exfoliated simply supported graphene flakes. Contrary to common belief we present clear evidence that this type of “corrugation” enhances the load-bearing capacity of few-layer graphene as compared to “flat” specimens. This effect is the result of the significant increase of the graphene/polymer interfacial shear stress per increment of applied strain due to wrinkling and paves the way for designing affordable graphene composites with highly improved stress-transfer efficiency.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b07547

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b07547

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