Effect of compositional gradient on thermal behavior of synthetic graphite-phenolic nanocomposites

Ehsan Bafekrpour, George Philip Simon, Chunhui Yang, Jana Habsuda, Minoo Naebe, Bronwyn Fox

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Synthetic graphite-phenolic nanocomposites were designed and synthesized with a compositional gradient which is shown to influence transient temperature fields during rapid temperature changes. Such nanocomposites were fabricated using a compression moulding technique, and thermal conductivity and heat capacity of nanocomposites were experimentally determined using a modified transient plane source technique over a wide temperature range from 253.15 to 373.15 K. The effects of four compositional gradient configurations on the transient temperature field across the thickness of a nanocomposite plate, at a high imposed temperature, was investigated. The transient time and temperature fields in nanocomposite structures were highly affected by the compositional gradient configurations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1169 - 1176
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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