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Effect of Single-Walled Carbon Nano-Tubes on Cure Kinetics

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Effect of Single-Walled Carbon Nano-Tubes on Cure Kinetics of Vinyl-Ester Resins


This research investigates the effect of single walled carbon nanotubes on the cure kinetics of vinyl ester resin. The results of thermal analysis and infrared spectroscopy show that the presence of nanotubes affects the cure kinetics of the resin.  In particular, carbon nanotubes seem to stabilize free radicals and prolong the initiation step and the propagation of free radicals in the diffusiondominated region of cure.  These changes in kinetics of cure affect the overall conversion of vinyl ester and styrene double bonds in the resin at isothermal cure temperatures. The ratio of vinyl ester to styrene in the polymeric network is also higher for resin containing single walled carbon nanotubes. In addition to presence of carbon nanotubes, this change in network composition and formation could contribute to the bulk mechanical and physical properties of the resin.


Authors: Saeed Ziaee, Thomas M. Fitzgerald, Erik Thostenson


Conference: CAMX 2016 – Anaheim


SKU/Code: TP16-0091


Pages: 15

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