Mathur, R. B. and Singh, B. P. and Dhami, T. L. and Kalra, Y. and Lal, N. and Rao, R. and Rao, A. M. (2010) Influence of Carbon Nanotube Dispersion on the Mechanical Properties of Phenolic Resin Composites. Polymer Composites , 31 (2). pp. 321-327. ISSN 1548-0569

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Despite the much touted mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes, composites reinforced with nanotubes have failed to achieve mechanical properties which rival those present in conventional fiber reinforced polymer composites. This article describes an attempt to bridge this gap. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were synthesized using a chemical vapor deposition method and were dispersed in phenolic resin by both the wet and dry dispersion techniques before molding into composite bars (50 3 5 3 3 mm3). Although no improvement in the mechanical properties of the MWCNT/phenolic composites was observed over the neat resin value when wet mixing dispersion was employed, an improvement of nearly 158% (160 MPa as compared with 62 MPa for neat resin) was achieved in 5 vol% MWCNT containing phenolic resin prepared by the dry mixing. POLYM. COMPOS., 31:321–327, 2010.

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Subjects: Materials Science
Polymer Science
Depositing User: Ms Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 04 May 2012 11:34
Last Modified: 04 May 2012 11:34

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