Garg, Parveen and Singh, Bhanu Pratap and Kumar, Gaurav and Gupta, Tejendra and Pandey, Indresh and Seth, R. K. and Tandon, R. P. and Mathur, Rakesh Behari (2010) Effect of dispersion conditions on the mechanical properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes based epoxy resin composites. Journal of Polymer Research , 18 (6). 1397 -1407. ISSN 1572-8935

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A suitable dispersion technique and quantitative evaluation of degree of dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNT) in any solvent and matrix system has been one of the key issues for achieving enhanced performance of CNT reinforced composites. We report the use of UV–vis spectroscopy as a useful technique to ascertain the degree of dispersion of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in the epoxy resin. The study has enabled to maximize dispersion of MWCNT in the epoxy resin using two different routes. As a result the composite samples prepared with only 0.3 wt.% amine functionalized MWCNT showed flexural strength of 140 MPa over the neat resin value of 55 MPa, an improvement of ~155% which is maximum reported so far for CNT-epoxy isotropic composites.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Nanocomposites; Carbon nanotubes; UV-vis spectroscopy; Functionalization; Mechanical properties; Epoxy resin
Subjects: Polymer Science
Depositing User: Mr. Abhishek Yadav
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 06:59
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2012 06:59

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