Influence of material and processing parameters on carbon nanotube dispersion in polymer melts

G.R. Kasaliwal, T. Villmow, S. Pegel and P. Pötschke,     Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany


Melt processing of polymer–carbon nanotube (CNT) composites is of great industrial importance for the large-scale production of composite materials and desired products. The properties of these composites greatly depend on the quality of CNT dispersion. In this chapter, a broad overview of the influence of material and processing parameters on the dispersion of multi-walled CNTs in thermoplastic polymer matrices during melt processing is provided. The results discussed here are based on small-scale batch mixers as well as ...

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