Table of Contents
Journal of Nanoscience
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 275037, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/275037
Review Article

The Effect of Nanoparticles Percentage on Mechanical Behavior of Silica-Epoxy Nanocomposites

1School of Design and Engineering, Philadelphia University, 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
2College of Science, Health, and the Liberal Arts, Philadelphia University, 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

Received 21 August 2013; Accepted 22 November 2013

Academic Editor: Stephane Daniele

Copyright © 2013 Md Saiful Islam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Silica-epoxy nanocomposites are very common among nanocomposites, which makes them very important. Several researchers have studied the effect of nanoparticle’s size, shape, and loading on mechanical behavior of silica-epoxy nanocomposites. This paper reviews the most important research done on the effect of nanoparticle loading on mechanical properties of silica-epoxy nanocomposites. While the main focus is the tensile behavior of nanocomposite, the compressive behavior and flexural behavior were also reviewed. Finally, some of the published experimental data were combined in the graphs, using dimensionless parameters. Later, the best fitted curves were used to derive some empirical formulas for mechanical properties of silica-epoxy nanocomposites as functions of weight or volume fraction of nanoparticles.