Journal Papers Published by the Rubber Research Group
"Multifunctional elastomer nanocomposites based on EPDM and carbon nanotubes"
Journal: Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 1143, 1143-KK02-05
Elastomeric composites based on Ethylene-Propylene-Diene-Monomer (EPDM) filled with multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) have been prepared, showing improved mechanical properties as compared to the pure EPDM matrix. The results have been discussed using the Guth model. The main focus of the study was on the electrical behavior of the nanocomposites, in view of possible sensor applications. A linear relation has been found between conductivity and deformations up to 10% strain, which means that such materials could be used for applications such as strain or pressure sensors. Cyclic experiments were conducted to establish whether the linear relation was reversible, which is an important requirement for sensor materials.