Category: Transient Plane Source
Abstract: The effective thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of polymer composites consisting of phenolformaldehyde matrix and oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) fibers were determined using the transient plane source method. The polymer composites were treated with one of alkali, silanol, or acetic acid to determine the effects of each treatment on the thermo-physical properties of the composites. The effect of temperature on these properties was also evaluated. It was determined that the effective thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of each sample reached a maximum at a temperature close to the glass transition temperature of the composite. The thermo-physical properties were also different depending on what treatment was used on the sample.
Reference: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 89, 13 (2003) 3458-3463