Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2012

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Olesya I. Zhupanska


Carbon fiber reinforced composite materials have become commonplace in many industries including aerospace, automotive, and sporting goods. Previous research has determined a coupling relationship between the mechanical and electrical properties of these materials where the application of electrical current has been shown to improve their mechanical strengths. The next generations of these composites have started to be produced with the addition of nanocarbon buckypaper layers which provide even greater strength and electrical conductivity potentials. The focus of this current research was to characterize these new composites and compare their electro-mechanical coupling capabilities to those composites which do not contain any nonocarbons.


xv, 202 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-202).


Copyright 2012 Christopher Brandon Hill