Carbon Nanotubes: Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites

1st Edition

Arvind Agarwal, Srinivasa Rao Bakshi, Debrupa Lahiri

CRC Press
Published October 19, 2010
Reference - 325 Pages - 111 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439811498 - CAT# K10575
Series: Nanomaterials and their Applications

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    • Covers the processes employed in composite fabrication and the characterization tools required for understanding their properties
    • Summarizes the current status of MM-CNT technology and the various properties reported to date
    • Describes applications, ways to improve existing methods, and future directions for newer ones
    • Explores the mechanisms by which CNTs are enhancing the properties of different metal based composites
    • Includes end-of-chapter conclusions and highlights


    From the Foreword, written by legendary nano pioneer M. Meyyappan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA:

    "…there is critical need for a book to summarize the status of the field but more importantly to lay out the principles behind the technology. This is what Professor Arvind Agarwal and his co-workers … have done here."

    Carbon Nanotubes: Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites reflects the authors’ desire to share the benefits of nanotechnology with the masses by developing metal matrix carbon nanotube (MM-CNT) composites for large-scale applications. Multiwall carbon nanotubes can now be produced on a large scale and at a significantly reduced cost. The book explores potential applications and applies the author’s own research to highlight critical developmental issues for different MM-CNT composites—and then outline novel solutions.

    With this problem-solving approach, the book explores:

    • Advantages, limitations, and the evolution of processing techniques used for MM-CNT composites
    • Characterization techniques unique to the study of MM-CNT composites—and the limitations of these methods
    • Existing research on different MM-CNT composites, presented in useful tables that include composition, processing method, quality of CNT dispersion, and properties
    • The micro-mechanical strengthening that results from adding CNT
    • The applicability of micro-mechanics models in MM-CNT composites
    • Significance of chemical stability for carbon nanotubes in the metal matrix as a function of processing, and its impact on CNT/metal interface and mechanical properties
    • Computational studies that have not been sufficiently covered although they are essential to research and development
    • The critical issue of CNT dispersion in the metal matrix, as well as a unique way to quantify CNT distribution and subsequently improve control of the processing parameters for obtaining improved properties

    Carbon Nanotubes: Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites paints a vivid picture of scientific and application achievements in this field. Exploring the mechanisms through which CNTs are enhancing the properties of different metal-based composites, the authors provide a roadmap to help researchers develop MM-CNT composites and choose potential materials for use in emerging areas of technology.


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