Enhancing thermal conductivity of glass fiber/polymer composites through carbon nanotubes incorporation Academic Article uri icon


  • Carbon nanotubes were effectively incorporated into low-viscosity polyester/vinyl ester resins and then used for infusion of glass fiber textiles by high-pressure injection, resulting in carbon nanotubes/glass fiber/polymer multiscale composites. The nanotubes distribution in the composites was examined by measuring the local density of as-produced composites. The uniformity of local density and scanning electron microscope characterization verified the homogeneous morphology of as-produced composites. Both theoretical calculation and experimental characterization indicated thermal conductivity was significantly improved. Incorporation of 3 wt% carbon nanotubes has resulted in 1.5-folds enhancement of thermal conductivity. These results will further increase industrial application of the fiber composites. 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, S., & Qiu, J.

citation count

  • 98

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Shiren||Qiu, Jingjing

publication date

  • January 2010