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Abstract: This article explored the thermal behavior of epoxy nanocomposites containing different types of nanofillers, such as 1-D Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) and 2-D predominant shape of Exfoliated Graphite nanoparticles (EG). The thermal conductivity measurements were conducted using the Hot Disk thermal constants analyzer which is based on the transient plane source (TPS) technique. The measurements indicated that better heat conduction is found in epoxy systems loaded with 2-D predominant shape of Exfoliated Graphite (EG) nanoparticles. This is a promising result for overcoming a critical drawback of composite materials that are often characterized by their low thermal conductivity which negatively impacts their use in the design of anti-icing systems.

Reference: American Institute of Physics (2016), 1736

DOI: 10.1063/1.4949727