Carbon nanotube composites can reduce vibrations in automobiles

IIT Madras Researchers show how carbon nanotube composites can reduce vibrations in automobiles.

Polymer composites – materials formed by combining polymers with various additives – have been used for various purposes. Many polymers, with various types of reinforcing fillers, are used from automobile parts to construction components.

The outstanding properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can tremendously improve the mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of polymers. Of the numerous attractive properties of CNT-polymer composites, their vibration damping properties make them useful in aerospace, automobile, and construction industries.

The research team used Multiwalled CNTs (MWCNT) synthesized by different techniques and loaded them into Epoxy polymers. MWCT’s are made of concentric tubes of carbon, and the slide between the layers are believed to damp vibrations.

Prof. Prathap Haridoss, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, along with his co-scientists and research students at the institute, are working towards developing and testing interesting polymer composites.

The results of this research have been recently published in the reputed peer-reviewed international journal Nanoscale Advances. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Anand Joy, Dr. Susy Varughese, Dr. Anand K. Kanjarla, Dr. S. Sankaran, and Prof. Prathap Haridoss.

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