Effect of microstructure and morphological properties of carbon nanotubes on the length reduction during melt processing

Jun Young Oh, Yeon Sik Choi, Seung Jae Yang, Jaeho Kim, Hong Soo Choi, Gi Dae Choi, Chang Hun Yun, Bong Keun Lee, Chong Rae Park

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Abstract

Length of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) has strong impact on mechanical strength of MWCNT/polymer composite. In this paper, MWCNT/polyamide 6, 6 (PA 66) composites using ten different MWCNTs were prepared by melt processing. The harsh mixing process used to achieve a fine dispersion of MWCNTs in the polymer matrix broke and severely reduced the lengths of the MWCNTs. The characteristics of MWCNTs that influence the breakage and length reduction were systematically and experimentally explored. Insights into designing the microstructures and morphological properties of pristine MWCNTs were provided, based on the correlation data and statistical evaluation results, in an effort to preserve the high aspect ratio of the MWCNTs during the melt mixing process, thereby expecting the enhanced mechanical properties of the composite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-49
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Volume112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported a grant from the Fundamental R&D Program for Technology of World Premier Materials funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea, and by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea Government (MEST) [no. 2010-0029244].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Engineering(all)

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