Rapid microwave processing of epoxy nanocomposites using carbon nanotubes

Luhyna, Nataliia, Inam, Fawad and Winnington, Ian (2013) Rapid microwave processing of epoxy nanocomposites using carbon nanotubes. In: Third International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials and Technologies for Aerospace Applications, 13-16 May 2013, Wrexham, North Wales.

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Abstract

Microwave processing is one of the rapid processing techniques for manufacturing nanocomposites. There is very little work focussing on the addition of CNTs for shortening the curing time of epoxy nanocomposites. Using microwave energy, the effect of CNT addition on the curing of epoxy nanocomposites was researched in this work. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to determine the degree of cure for epoxy and nanocomposite samples. CNT addition significantly reduced the duration for complete curing of epoxy nanocomposites. As compared to monolithic cured epoxy, 20.5% of decrease in time and 12.5% decrease in spent consumed energy were observed for 0.2 wt.% CNT filled epoxy nanocomposite.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
F300 Physics
H300 Mechanical Engineering
J400 Polymers and Textiles
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Fawad Inam
Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 09:34
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 21:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12724

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