TITLE

Rheology of concentrated carbon nanotube suspensions

AUTHOR(S)
Hobbie, E. K.; Fry, D. J.
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;3/28/2007, Vol. 126 Issue 12, p124907
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The rheological properties of non-Brownian carbon nanotube suspensions are measured over a range of nanotube volume fractions spanning the transition from semidilute to concentrated. The polymer-stabilized nanotubes are “sticky” and form a quiescent elastic network with a well-defined shear modulus and yield stress that both depend strongly on nanotube volume fraction with different but related critical exponents. We compare controlled-strain-rate and controlled-stress measurements of yielding in shear flow, and we study the effect of slow periodic stress reversal on yielding and the arrest of flow. Our measurements support a universal scaling of both the linear viscoelastic and steady-shear viscometric response. The former allows us to extract the elastic shear modulus of semidilute nanotube networks for values that are near or below the resolution limit of the rheometers used, while the latter provides a similar extrapolation of the yield stress. A simple scaling argument is used to model the dependence of yield stress and elastic modulus on concentration.
ACCESSION #
24601899

 

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