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The reinforcement of fiber–polymer composites with arrays of aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is reported. Nanocomposite features containing vertically aligned CNTs and a commercially available polymer are fabricated and mechanically characterized with a direct nanocompression method using a flat punch mounted on a nanoindenter (see figure). The results show a reinforcement of 220?% at a CNT volume fraction of 2?%.



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