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Thermal Conductivity of Nanotube Assemblies and Superfiber Materials-Chapter 16

Elsevier Inc.
DOI: 10.1016/b978-1-4557-7863-8.00016-5
  • Apparent Thermal Conductivity
  • Buckypaper
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Nanotube Arrays
  • Nanotube Bundles
  • Nanotube Fibers
  • Nanotube Films
  • Nanotubes
  • Nanotube Yarns
  • Thermal Conductivity


Abstract Individual carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been reported to have the highest thermal conductivities of any known material. However, significant variability exists both for the reported thermal conductivities of individual CNTs and the thermal conductivities measured for macroscopic CNT assemblies (e.g. CNT films, buckypapers, arrays, and fibers), which range from comparable to metals to aerogel-like. This chapter reviews the current status of the field, summarizing a wide selection of experimental results and drawing conclusions regarding present limitations of the thermal conductivity of CNT assemblies and opportunities for improvement of the performance of nanotube superfiber materials.

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