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Synthesis and Characterization of High Performance Polymer Nanocomposite Using Carbon Nanotubes as Fillers

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N. Thangapandian, S. Balasivanandha Prabu

Anna University, Chennai, India

R. Paskaramoorthy

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Paper No. MSEC2013-1251, pp. V001T01A070; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 41st North American Manufacturing Research Conference
  • Volume 1: Processing
  • Madison, Wisconsin, USA, June 10–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5545-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


In this work, the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) method is used for the production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The catalyst, Fe/MgO, was prepared through sonication technique. It was heated to 600 °C for 6 hours and this was used as the template for growing the CNTs using acetylene as carbon precursor. The deposited CNTs were separated by acid treatment followed by air oxidation. The purified CNTs were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The CNTs were observed to have a multi-wall structure with the diameter in the range of 10–20 nm. These multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were used as filler material in an epoxy matrix. Sonication technique was used to achieve uniform dispersion of CNTs within the matrix. The CNT/epoxy nanocomposite was cured at a temperature of 100 °C for 3 hours. Tensile strength, flexural strength, fire retardant properties and surface conductivity were studied. The results reveal that addition of MWCNTs to the epoxy promotes substantial improvement to the above mentioned properties.

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