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Development of Carbon Nanotubes/Epoxy Composites

Osman, Muhamad Saifuddin (2010) Development of Carbon Nanotubes/Epoxy Composites. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (0-MWNTs) epoxy composite have been fabricated. Durifig composite preparation, 0-MWNTs had been added to the epoxy resin by varying weight percent (wt %) by 1.0 wt% and 2.0 wt% of acid-treated MWNTs. The same also done only the different is pristine MWNT (P-MWNT) was used instead 0-MWNT. The effect of the 0-MWNTs and P-MWNT weight variation added to the epoxy are being observed during composite characterization such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) test, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, tensile and Young's modulus experiment. Data obtain from those experiment are being recorded and analyze. Effect from the addition of 0-MWNTs and P-MWNTs are being concluded in order to achieve project objectives. The effect of the oxidization on the physical properties of the nanotubes and the composites are studied. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) is used to give evidence of covalent functionalization of the external tube of MWNTs by oxidization process. Hydroxyl group are found in the 0-MWNT structure. The structural investigation of the composites by X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows the coupling between epoxy molecules and MWNTs. From the XRD results, it can be concluded that oxidization process does not damage the nanotubes structure. The sample fabricated are then being tested to characterize its mechanical properties. Young's modulus of the composite are obtains from experiment involving Universal Testing Machine (UTM). From the experiment, it can be concluded that adding 0- MWNT instead of P-MWNT will result in higher tensile strength of the composite.

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Chemical Engineering - Material Development
Subject: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Engineering > Chemical
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2013 10:52
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:43
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/10065

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