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Improvement of Temperature Distribution across Thick Thermoset Composites Using Carbon Nanotubes

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Improvement of Temperature Distribution across Thick Thermoset Composites Using Carbon Nanotubes

Rowghanian, Pooya (2012) Improvement of Temperature Distribution across Thick Thermoset Composites Using Carbon Nanotubes. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The effect of adding carbon nanotubes (CNT) into epoxy on the temperature gradient in thick thermoset composites was studied and presented. Addition of CNT increases the thermal diffusivity of the resin and reduces the curing reaction speed. The latter slows down the rate of energy liberation, while the former helps to dissipate faster the released heat in the exothermic reaction. The results showed that the addition of up to 1 wt% CNT can reduce the difference between temperatures at the center and at the surface of 1.5-inch thick column of epoxy by 41%. Measured variations of heat capacity and thermal diffusivity by changes in both temperature and carbon nanotube contents as well as the empirically-evaluated cure kinetics of epoxy were used in a transient one-dimensional heat transfer finite difference model to determine the temperature distribution across thickness during the cure. Good agreement was obtained between calculated and experimental trends.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science > Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Rowghanian, Pooya
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A. Sc.
Program:Mechanical Engineering
Date:April 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hoa, Van Suong
ID Code:973983
Deposited By:POOYA ROWGHANIAN
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 13:51
Last Modified:19 Jun 2012 13:51
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