Electroactive Shape Memory Property of a Cu-decorated CNT Dispersed PLA/ESO Nanocomposite
AbstractShape memory polymer (SMP) nanocomposites with a fast electro-actuation speed were prepared by dispersing Cu-decorated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) (Cu-CNTs, 1 wt %, 2 wt %, and 3 wt %) in a polylactic acid (PLA)/epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) blend matrix. The shape memory effect (SME) induced by an electrical current was investigated by a fold-deploy “U”-shape bending test. In addition, the Cu-CNT dispersed PLA/ESO nanocomposite was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and tensile and electrical measurements. The results demonstrated that the SME was dependent on the Cu-CNT content in the nanocomposites. When comparing the SMEs of the nanocomposite specimens with different Cu-CNT contents, the 2 wt % Cu-CNT dispersed system exhibited a shape recovery as high as 98% within 35 s due to its higher electrical conductivity that results from uniform Cu-CNT dispersion. However, the nanocomposites that contained 1 wt % and 3 wt % Cu-CNTs required 75 s and 63 s, respectively, to reach a maximum recovery level. In addition, the specimens exhibited better mechanical properties after the addition of Cu-CNTs. View Full-Text
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Alam, J.; Khan, A.; Alam, M.; Mohan, R. Electroactive Shape Memory Property of a Cu-decorated CNT Dispersed PLA/ESO Nanocomposite. Materials 2015, 8, 6391-6400.
Alam J, Khan A, Alam M, Mohan R. Electroactive Shape Memory Property of a Cu-decorated CNT Dispersed PLA/ESO Nanocomposite. Materials. 2015; 8(9):6391-6400.Chicago/Turabian Style
Alam, Javed; Khan, Aslam; Alam, Manawwer; Mohan, Raja. 2015. "Electroactive Shape Memory Property of a Cu-decorated CNT Dispersed PLA/ESO Nanocomposite." Materials 8, no. 9: 6391-6400.