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A review of the optical microstructure and rheology of carbon nanotube suspensions

Authors
  • Ma, A. W. K.
  • Yearsley, K. M.
  • Chinesta, Francisco
  • Mackley, M. R.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Source
HAL-UPMC
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Language
English
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Abstract

The present review is concerned with the way that the incorporation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into a fluid matrix can modify the microstructure and rheology of the resulting suspensions. Some background to CNT manufacture and in particular methods of dispersing them into a suspension is presented for a range of different systems, where effective dispersion of CNTs remains a delicate and open issue. Steady shear, linear viscoelasticity, non-linear viscoelasticity and extensional responses are classified for a range of different CNT/matrix combinations together with their associated microstructure. The rheological modelling of certain CNT/matrix systems is reviewed, with particular attention given to the authors’ work on modelling CNT suspension behaviour using Fokker—Planck advection-diffusion modelling.

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