Active single walled carbon nanotube-polymer composites

Sujay Deshmukh, Zoubeida Ounaies

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Electric field-activated electroactive polymers (EAPs) are an attractive class of smart materials that exhibit electromechanical coupling conversion. However, they require high actuation voltages, have low blocked stresses and low operating temperatures. These current limitations are linked to inherent polymer properties such as low dielectric constant and low modulus. Our recent efforts in EAP-based nanocomposites focus on incorporating single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to significantly improve their electromechanical response. SWNTs have shown great promise as fillers in polymer-based composites, especially in terms of improving mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. In this research we evaluate the effect of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on the electromechanical response of polymers with varying polar nature, from non-polar to highly polar. The electric, dielectric and electromechanical strain response is studied as a function of SWNT content and polymer matrix. The electromechanical response is found to be electrostrictive and it increases with SWNT content and polarity of the matrix. Dielectric measurements are also used to measure the enhanced polarization in the nanocomposites due to the presence of SWNTs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIUTAM Symposium on Multi-Functional Material Structures and Systems - Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium on Multi-Functional Material Structures and Systems
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789048137701
StatePublished - 2010
EventIUTAM Symposium on Multi-Functional Material Structures and Systems - Benguluru, India
Duration: Dec 10 2008Dec 12 2008

Publication series

NameIUTAM Bookseries
ISSN (Print)1875-3507


OtherIUTAM Symposium on Multi-Functional Material Structures and Systems

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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