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Cast Forming of Carbon Nanotube Networks Using Paraffin

Title: Cast Forming of Carbon Nanotube Networks Using Paraffin.
Name(s): Veliky, Kenneth, author
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Carbon nanotube thin film, or buckypaper, is one of the most revolutionary materials in the 21st century. Mechanical, electrical, and thermodynamic properties that can only be dreamed of in science fiction novels are now within reach in the science and technology field. As amazing as this material is, there exist problems within the manufacturability of buckypaper. Problems such as process time, scalability, and cost effectiveness to produce a sample hinder the ability to produce buckypaper to the commercial market. This research effort is to study, through experimentation, a new approach to create buckypaper using cast formation of a carbon nanotube network while in a paraffin suspension. Because current nanotube dispersion and filtration methods, such as sonication can produce high costs and slow processing times, the need for new buckypaper manufacturing method is evident. During this experiment, buckypaper was created using two methods for dispersion, the first was a mechanic mixing method and the second was the traditional method of sonication. The study proves that the use of paraffin as the dispersion and flow medium does not provide ideal results to eliminate steps such as sonication and filtration. The resultant buckypaper through mixing did not yield good results due to the nature of carbon nanotube's tendency to agglomerate while heat is applied during the dispersion process. Poor dispersion leads to a decrease in functional properties such as mechanical, electrical or thermodynamic. It is conclusive that further investigation into this method is necessary.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0361 (IID)
Keywords: Carbon Nanotube, Paraffin, Cast Forming, Industrial, Manufacturing, Engineering
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 18, 2014.
Subject(s): Industrial engineering
Manufacturing processes
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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