Multifunctional polymer nanocomposite foams for space applications: The effect of edge functionalized nano-reinforcers on nanocomposite polyurethane/polyisocyanurate rigid foam

Diandra Rollins, Lawrence T. Drzal

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Polymers offer a unique material matrix for the synthesizing of nanocomposites, but overall are currently limited in their applications due to their inadequate mechanical performance, thermal stability and low electrical conductivity. By adding a small percentage of a multifunctional nanofiller such as graphene nanoplatelets (GnP), polymer properties can be improved and significant other attractive properties can also be added, increasing their potential applications. Graphene is an attractive nanofiller due to its high tensile modulus (1 TPa) and good thermal (3000 W/m-K) and electrical conductivity (105 S/m). Different sizes and thicknesses of GnP are synthesized at a relatively low cost as compared to other carbon nanofillers while maintaining good properties. One particular application of interest is in producing multifunctional polymer foams for aerospace applications. This research seeks to create multifunctional rigid and flexible foams, which exhibit excellent mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties for potential applications such as thermal heat sinks, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials and to reduce static build-up. By using GnP as a filler selectively placed in the walls and struts of foam cells, these properties can also be tailored cost effectively.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Plastics Engineers - 12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014
PublisherSociety of Plastics Engineers
Pages31-37
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781510808348
StatePublished - 2014
Event12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014 - Iselin, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2014Sep 11 2014

Other

Other12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityIselin
Period9/10/149/11/14

Profile

Polyurethanes
Graphite
Space applications
foams
Graphene
Foams
Nanocomposites
nanocomposites
Polymers
graphene
polymers
heat sinks
Aerospace applications
Struts
Heat sinks
Signal interference
struts
electrical resistivity
matrix materials
Shielding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Rollins, D., & Drzal, L. T. (2014). Multifunctional polymer nanocomposite foams for space applications: The effect of edge functionalized nano-reinforcers on nanocomposite polyurethane/polyisocyanurate rigid foam. In Society of Plastics Engineers - 12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014 (pp. 31-37). Society of Plastics Engineers.

Multifunctional polymer nanocomposite foams for space applications : The effect of edge functionalized nano-reinforcers on nanocomposite polyurethane/polyisocyanurate rigid foam. / Rollins, Diandra; Drzal, Lawrence T.

Society of Plastics Engineers - 12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014. Society of Plastics Engineers, 2014. p. 31-37.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Rollins, D & Drzal, LT 2014, Multifunctional polymer nanocomposite foams for space applications: The effect of edge functionalized nano-reinforcers on nanocomposite polyurethane/polyisocyanurate rigid foam. in Society of Plastics Engineers - 12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014. Society of Plastics Engineers, pp. 31-37, 12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014, Iselin, United States, 9/10/14.
Rollins D, Drzal LT. Multifunctional polymer nanocomposite foams for space applications: The effect of edge functionalized nano-reinforcers on nanocomposite polyurethane/polyisocyanurate rigid foam. In Society of Plastics Engineers - 12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014. Society of Plastics Engineers. 2014. p. 31-37.
Rollins, Diandra ; Drzal, Lawrence T./ Multifunctional polymer nanocomposite foams for space applications : The effect of edge functionalized nano-reinforcers on nanocomposite polyurethane/polyisocyanurate rigid foam. Society of Plastics Engineers - 12th International Conference on Foam Materials and Technology, FOAMS 2014. Society of Plastics Engineers, 2014. pp. 31-37
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