Hygro-thermo-electric properties of carbon nanotube epoxy nanocomposites with agglomeration effects

Jarali, Chetan S and Patil, SF and Pilli, SC (2015) Hygro-thermo-electric properties of carbon nanotube epoxy nanocomposites with agglomeration effects. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 22 (6). pp. 428-439. ISSN 15376494

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In the present study, the effective electric, thermal, and moisture properties of carbon nanotube (CNT) epoxy composites are derived by considering the agglomeration effect of CNT concentrations in the epoxy matrix. In this direction, the Voigt and Reuss homogenization method is adopted in the derivations. It is well known from experiments that the CNT thermal and electrical conductivities and the epoxy hygro-thermal expansion coefficients have significant effects on the behavior of CNT nanocomposites. Moreover, it has been experimentally proved that the agglomeration of CNTs in the matrix with high and low concentrations of the CNTs certainly affects the resistivity and, hence, the thermal expansion properties. Therefore, the effective elastic, thermal, electrical, and moisture properties for the randomly distributed CNTs in the matrix has been derived in terms of the agglomeration volume fractions of CNTs. In the effective relations, a single agglomeration parameter is considered to be active for a given potential. The results of variation in the hygro-electro-thermal properties due to change in CNT volume fraction as well as agglomeration parameters have been presented. The results and observation show that CNT agglomeration has a strong influence on the effective hygro-thermo-electric properties of the nanocomposites.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Mrs SK Pratibha
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 11:47
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2018 11:47
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/12814

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