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Abstract: The application of carbon nanotubes (CNT) to thermal management devices has recently drawn much attention. This study produced and examined metal-carbon nanotube composites for use in highly conductive yet stable thermal management materials. The structural and thermophysical properties of metal-CNT composites were examined, including the measurement of thermal conductivity using the Thermal Constants Analyzer TPS 2500 transient plane source (TPS) method. Results showed that generally, inverse relationships were observed between thermal conductivity and nanotube concentration, as well as between the composite thermal conductivity and CNT content. Additionally, the covalent functionalized CNTs had the highest thermal conductivity of all the Cu-CNT composite samples.

Reference: Diploma Thesis, Freie University of Berlin (2010)

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2076.1362