Verma, Pawan and Saini, Parveen and Choudhary, Veena (2015) Designing of carbon nanotube/polymer composites using melt recirculation approach: Effect of aspect ratio on mechanical, electrical and EMI shielding response. Materials and Design, 88. pp. 269-277. ISSN 0261-3069

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The paper describes the effect of aspect ratio of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MCNTs) on the electrical, mechanical and electromagnetic properties of polypropylene random copolymer (PPC). Long and short MCNTs with aspect ratio of similar to 1356-1937 and similar to 158 respectively were melt-blended with PPC in a micro twin screw extruder with melt recirculation that allow the formation of composites having similar to 15 wt.% MCNTs. The good dispersion was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and observation of electrical conductivity at low percolation threshold (0.45 and 1.07 wt.% for l- & s-MCNT/PPC composite respectively) and improvement of modulus and strength. The 15 wt.%l-MCNTs and s-MCNT loaded composites show 52% and 60% improvement in modulus respectively and 20% & 18% improvement in strength over neat PPC. The electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding response (in 8.2-12.4 GHz frequency range) revealed that l-MCNT based PPC composites display better shielding at lower loading (up to 4 wt.%) while s-MCNT show better attenuation at higher loadings. The realization shielding effectiveness value of -27 dB (>99% attenuation) respectively for 1-MCNT composites: and -37 dB (>99.9% attenuation) for s-MCNTs composites at 15 wt.% reflect their potential for making light weight and structurally strong EMI shields. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composites MCNT Twin screw extruder EMI shielding Mechanical strength
Subjects: Materials Science
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 11:38
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 11:38

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