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Polymer/CNT Composites and Filaments for Smart Textiles: Melt Mixing of Composites

Müslüm Kaplan, Beate Krause, Petra Pötschke
Published: 10 June 2022

Abstract: Textile products are of great importance in the dissemination of newly developed communication devices and flexible electronics in conjunction with the advantages of covering the entire human body and being used all day long by all individuals in society. Various approaches have been developed to ensure the required electrical conductivity of textiles. Our research deals with melt spinning of carbon nanomaterial-based composites (CNCs) into electrically conductive filaments. By combining the various composite structures and property profiles with a conductive filler at high concentration, specific morphological structures can be achieved that offer a much higher potential for the development of new functional fibers for different smart textile applications.This study aims to produce nanocomposites from polyamide 6 (PA6) and polyethylene (PE) matrices with single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) and multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs) by using a small-scale mixing device that provides short mixing time, and material savings in the first stage of the research.
Keywords: Carbon Nanotubes / Composite / Electrical Conductivity / Melt Mixing / Polyamide 6 / Polyethylene / Smart Textiles

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