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Thermal Conductivity of Heat Treated and Non-Heat Treated Individual Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

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Michael F. P. Bifano, Pankaj B. Kaul, Vikas Prakash

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Paper No. IMECE2011-65406, pp. 1675-1683; 9 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; Combustion Science and Engineering; Nanoengineering for Energy, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5490-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Thermal conductivity measurements of commercially available CVD grown individual multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are reported. The measurements are performed using the three-omega-based Wollaston T-Type probe method inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM). An average 385% increase in thermal conductivity is measured for those MWCNTs samples which undergo a 20 hour 3000°C post annealing heat treatment. However, in most samples qualitatively characterized defects are found to negate any advantage of the heat treatment process. The highest thermal conductivity measured is 893.0 W/mK and is of a heat-treated sample. These results will help to improve the quality of MWCNT production and aid in the development of highly efficient CNT-structured thermal management devices and engineering materials.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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