Glass Transition Temperature of Phenolic-Based Nanocomposites Reinforced by MWNTs and Carbon Fibers


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The multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and carbon fibers (CFs) were added to the phenolic resin to fabricate MWNTs/phenolic, MWNTs/CFs/phenolic nanocomposites and CFs/phenolic composites by hot press method. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) test was performed for the above-mentioned three kinds of composites. The valley points on the slope of endothermic responses correspond to the glass transition temperatures of the composites. The MWNTs/phenolic nanocomposites had the lowest glass transition temperature among the three kinds of composites discussed, which indicated a better thermal conductivity property of MWNTs. Phenolic-based composites reinforced by different weight percentages of MWNTs and CFs were also investigated. The tensile failure morphologies of nanocomposite specimens were examined using a scanning electron microscope to evaluate the possible effects on the glass transition temperature of nanocomposites..



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 334-335)

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J.K. Kim, D.Z. Wo, L.M. Zhou, H.T. Huang, K.T. Lau and M. Wang




M. K. Yeh et al., "Glass Transition Temperature of Phenolic-Based Nanocomposites Reinforced by MWNTs and Carbon Fibers", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 334-335, pp. 713-716, 2007

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March 2007




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