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Processing and electrical characterization of a unidirectional CFRP composite filled with double walled carbon nanotubes

El Sawi, Ihab and Olivier, Philippe and Demont, Philippe and Bougherara, Habiba Processing and electrical characterization of a unidirectional CFRP composite filled with double walled carbon nanotubes. (2012) Composites Science and Technology, 73. 19-26. ISSN 0266-3538

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2012.08.016


Carbon nanotubes represent new emergent multifunctional materials that have potential applications for structural and electrically conductive composites. In the current paper we present a suitable technique for the integration of Double Walled Carbon Nanotubes (DWCNTs) in a unidirectional Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) with high volume content of carbon fiber. We showed that the electrical conductivity of the laminates versus temperature follows a non-linear variation which can be well described by the Fluctuation-Induced Tunneling Conduction (FITC) model. The parameters of this model for CFRP/ DWCNTs and CFRP without DWCNTs were determined using best fit curves of the experimental data. This study has shown that DWCNTs have strong influence in the conductivity through laminate thickness. However, there are no significant effects on the electrical conductivity measured in the other two principle directions of the composite laminate. Furthermore, it was found that electron conduction mechanism of carbon fibers is dominated by the FITC.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor.The original PDF of the article can be found at Composites Science and Technology website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02663538
HAL Id:hal-00904040
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ryerson University (CANADA)
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