'Diamond-Fibre Reinforced Plastic Composites'
P.W. May, M. Hall and D.J. Smith
Int. J. of Mod. Phys. B, Cond. Matter, 16, (2002) 906-11, presented at ICMAT Singapore, July 2001.
Diamond fibre reinforced poly (methylmethacrylate) (PMMA, perspex) composite blocks (100x10x4 mm) have been fabricated by embedding CVD diamond coated tungsten wires within a perspex matrix. Various volume fractions of diamond have been used, as well as varying positions of the fibres within the composite. We find that even 1% fibre volume fraction can lead to an increase in the Young's modulus of the composite of a factor of 6.
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