In-plane thermal conductivity modeling of carbon-filled liquid crystal polymer-based resins

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Department of Chemical Engineering; Department of Mathematical Sciences


Adding conductive carbon fillers to insulating thermoplastic resins increases composite electrical and thermal conductivity. In this study, varying amounts of three different carbons (carbon black, synthetic graphite particles, and carbon fiber) were added to Vectra A950RX liquid crystal polymer. The in-plane thermal conductivity of the resulting single filler composites was tested. The results showed that adding synthetic graphite particles caused the largest increase in the in-plane thermal conductivity of the composite. The composites were modeled using ellipsoidal inclusion problems to predict the effective in-plane thermal conductivities at varying volume fractions with only physical property data of the constituents. The synthetic graphite and carbon black were modeled using the average field approximation with ellipsoidal inclusions and the model showed good agreement with the experimental data. The carbon fiber polymer composite was modeled using an assemblage of coated ellipsoids and the model showed good agreement with the experimental data.

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Polymer Composites