Tensile modulus modeling of carbon-filled liquid crystal polymer composites

Document Type


Publication Date



Electrically and thermally conductive resins can be produced by adding conductive fillers to insulating polymers. Mechanical properties, such as tensile modulus, are also important. This research focused on performing compounding runs followed by injection molding and tensile testing of carbon-filled Vectra liquid crystal polymer. The two carbon fillers investigated were Thermocarb synthetic graphite particles and Fortafil carbon fiber at varying filler amounts. The tensile modulus experimental results were compared to results predicted by several different models. It was found that the Halpin Tsai 2D Randomly Oriented fiber model provided the best fit to the experimental data. The degree of filler-polymer adhesion was also studied with nanoscratch tests for synthetic graphite and carbon fiber fillers in three polymers: Vectra, nylon 6,6, and polycarbonate. The adhesion trends seen in the nanoscratch tests showed qualitative agreement with the tensile modulus, and should be considered in formulating advanced tensile modulus models. POLYM. COMPOS., 30:1166-1174, 2009. © 2008 Society of Plastics Engineers.

Publication Title

Polymer Composites