Advanced nanostructure-controlled functionally graded materials employing carbon nanotubes

Mehdi Estili, Kenta Takagi, Akira Kawasaki

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Abstract

Capability of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to create in-depth gradients in properties and functionalities of conventional materials has been investigated for the first time. Functionally graded material (FGM) concept has also been employed for the first time to bridge conventional materials to their advanced nanocomposites containing a high concentration of CNTs, which is promising for unexplored yet novel structural, electronic and biomaterial applications. In this study, α-alumina ceramics considered as the most challenging case has been used as the matrix. Bulk, layered, nanostructure-controlled, CNT-based, functionally graded α-alumina ceramics have been fabricated employing a recently established powder processing technology. In-depth gradients in microstructure, grain size and hardness have been successfully achieved in alumina ceramic without cracking, delamination or warping, after homogeneous and gradual incorporation of the CNTs within the alumina ceramic matrix. The FGM approach showed promise to successfully bridge conventional ceramics to their nanocomposites containing a high concentration of CNTs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultiscale, Multifunctional and Functionally Graded Materials
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Pages225-230
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0878493077, 9780878493074
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event10th International Symposium on Multiscale, Multifunctional and Functionally Graded Materials, MM and FGMs - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 2008 Sep 222008 Sep 25

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
Volume631-632
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752

Other

Other10th International Symposium on Multiscale, Multifunctional and Functionally Graded Materials, MM and FGMs
CountryJapan
CitySendai
Period08/9/2208/9/25

Keywords

  • Alumina
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Functionally graded materials
  • Nanocomposites
  • Powder technology
  • Spark plasma sintering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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