Carbon Nano-ink Coated Open Cell Polyurethane Foam with Micro-architectured Multilayer Skeleton for Damping Applications

Xiao-Chong Zhang, Fabrizio Scarpa, Ronan McHale, Andrew Limmack, Hua-xin Peng

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Abstract

This work presents a novel complex microarchitectured foam material via multilayer nanoinks that provide a substantial improvement of the mechanical, energy absorption and dielectric performance in pristine open cell foams. A multilayer carbon nano-ink containing – COOH functionalised multi-walled carbon nanotubes are produced and used to dip-coat pristine polyurethane open cell foam structures with the assistance of a silane coupling agent.
Another layer of water-based polyurethane dispersion is coated on top of the MWCNT layer coated foam to transform the single foam ribs in multilayer structures. The nano-ink dipping and drying process developed in this work creates a porous MWCNT layer with a fairly high MWNT content that covers the foam ribs. These carbon nanotube multi-layer coated foams show a significant energy absorption performance, with loss modulus and loss factors 165%
and 100% higher than those from high-dissipation nano-foams fabricated by conventional foaming techniques and auxetic phase transformation respectively. These nano-ink multilayer coated foams with only one layer also exhibit an increase in electrical conductivity by a factor of two compared to other existing nano-ink coated open cell foams with a substantial higher number of layers (20).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80334-80341
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Volume6
Issue number83
Early online date17 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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