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Rapid microwave processing of epoxy nanocomposites using carbon nanotubes

Luhyna, Nataliia; Inam, Fawad; Winnington, Ian;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Country: United Kingdom
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...
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