Thermal and electrical conductivity of carbon-filled Liquid Crystal Polymer composites

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Department of Chemical Engineering; Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering


The thermal and electrical conductivity of resins can be increased by adding conductive carbon fillers. One emerging market for thermally and electrically conductive resins is for bipolar plates for use in fuel cells. In this study, varying amounts of five different types of carbon, one carbon black, two synthetic graphites, one natural flake graphite, and one calcined needle coke, were added to Vectra A950RX Liquid Crystal Polymer. The resulting composites containing only one type of filler were then tested for thermal and electrical conductivity. The objective of this work was to determine which carbon filler produced a composite with the highest thermal and electrical conductivity. The results showed that composites containing Thermocarb TC-300 synthetic graphite particles had the highest thermal and electrical conductivity.

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Journal of Applied Polymer Science