Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Materials Science and Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Norman Munroe

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Arvind Agarwal

Third Advisor's Name

Kinzy Jones

Date of Defense

3-27-2008

Abstract

The matrices in which Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) are incorporated to produce composites with improved electrical properties can be polymer, metal or metal oxide. Most composites containing CNTs are polymer based because of its flexibility in fabrication. Very few investigations have been focused on CNT-metal composites due to fabrication difficulties, such as achievement of homogeneous distribution of MWCNTs and poor interfacial bonding between MWCNTs and the metal matrix. In an effort to overcome poor interfacial bonding for the Cu - MWCNT composite, silver (Ag) and nickel (Ni) resinates have been incorporated in the ball milling stage. Composites of MWCNT (16, 12, and 8 Vol %) - Cu+Ag+Ni were pelleted at 20,000 psi (669.4 Mpa) and sintered at 950 °C. The electrical conductivity results measured by four probe meter showed that the conductivity decreases with increase in the porosity. Moreover from these results it can also be stated that an addition of optimum value of (12 Vol %) MWCNT leads to high electrical conductivity (9.26E+07 s-m"), which is 50% greater than the conductivity of Cu. It is anticipated that the conductivity can be increased substantially with hot isostatic pressing of the pellet.

Identifier

FI14032310

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