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Polymers 2017, 9(11), 620; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9110620

Effect of the Addition of Carbon Nanomaterials on Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Wood Plastic Composites

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Key Laboratory of Bio-based Material Science and Technology (Ministry of Education), College of Material Science and Engineering, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
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College of Materials and Energy, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
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Received: 13 October 2017 / Revised: 10 November 2017 / Accepted: 11 November 2017 / Published: 16 November 2017
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Abstract

Wood Plastic Composites (WPCs) are a new generation of green composites that could optimize the use of harvested trees and increase the entire value chain. In this study, the electrical and mechanical properties of WPCs containing carbon blacks (CB), flake graphite (FG) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been investigated. The electrical property of WPCs is improved significantly owing to the introduction of these carbon nanomaterial fillers. The volume and surface resistivity values of the investigated composites all obviously decreased with the increase in filler content, especially CNTs, which displayed the most satisfactory results. Based on a series of laboratory experiments carried out to investigate the mechanical performance, it can be concluded that the addition of the carbon nanomaterial fillers decreases the mechanical properties of WPCs slightly with the increase in filler content because of the weak interfacial interactions between the fillers and polymer matrix. View Full-Text
Keywords: wood plastic composites; carbon nanomaterial; electrical property; mechanical property wood plastic composites; carbon nanomaterial; electrical property; mechanical property
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Zhang, X.; Hao, X.; Hao, J.; Wang, Q. Effect of the Addition of Carbon Nanomaterials on Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Wood Plastic Composites. Polymers 2017, 9, 620.

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