Nanoparticles, Nanotubes and Nanocomposites

Nanotechnology involves the control and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale to create new materials and structures that have novel properties due to their small size. This paper describes some applications of two types of nanotechnology: ceramic nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes, used as highly functional fillers/additives in polymer products of interest to composites manufacturers. Introduction of these materials can result in the improvement of the polymer's mechanical properties in molded parts and coatings on a wide variety of fronts, including increased part strength, ductility and dimensional stability as well as resistance to damage by abrasion and exposure to caustic chemicals or extreme heat. A ceramic nanoparticle called nanoclay is being used to reinforce thermoplastic olefin, a material used in trim and molding of several General Motors vehicles. Nanotubes are being commercialized in applications where electrical conductivity and increased mechanical performance are primary design drivers. One such application is in automotive fuel systems, which have to be designed for electrostatic discharge. Nanotubes are also being incorporated into bicycle components to reduce weight while increasing flexural strength.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 42-47
  • Serial:
    • Composites Technology
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Gardner Publications Incorporated
    • ISSN: 1083-4117

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  • Accession Number: 01000469
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2005 11:06PM