In situ investigation of the rheological and dielectric properties of a cross-linking carbon nanotube-thermosetting epoxy

Paolo Z. Ramos, Anubhav Sarmah, Micah J. Green*, Jeffrey J. Richards*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Radio-frequency (RF) heating of thermosetting epoxies is an agile method to decouple the extrudability of epoxy resins from their buildability for additive manufacturing. Through this method, the resin is extruded in the liquid state at the early stages of curing. Then, an RF applicator induces a rapid and uniform increase in temperature of the resin, accelerating the solidification of the printed feature. Understanding the evolution of the resin's RF heating response as it cures is therefore critical in meeting the demands of additive manufacturing. In this work, we show that the high-frequency dielectric loss, determined using in situ rheo-dielectric measurements, of both neat and carbon nanotube (CNT) filled resins is correlated to the heating response at different temperatures throughout curing. Furthermore, we show that the presence of CNTs within the resin augments the heating response and that their dispersion quality is critical to achieving rapid heating rates during the cure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6168-6175
Number of pages8
JournalSoft Matter
Volume19
Issue number32
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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