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Rheology of Concentrated Carbon Nanotube Suspensions



K HobbieE, J FryD


The rheological properties of non-Brownian carbon nanotube suspensions are measured over a range of nanotube volume fractions spanning the transition from semi-dilute to concentrated. The nanotubes are `sticky' and form a quiescent elastic network with a well-defined shear modulus and yield stress that both depend strongly, although distinctly, on nanotube volume fraction. We compare controlled-strain and controlled-stress measurements of yielding in shear flow, and we study the effect of slow periodic stress reversal. Our measurements suggest a universal scaling of both the linear viscoelastic and steady-shear response. The former allows us to extract the elastic shear modulus of semi-dilute nanotube networks for values that are near or below the resolution limit of the rheometers used, while the latter provides a similar extrapolation of yield stress. Our measurements highlight interesting differences, and even some striking similarities, between viscometric and linear-viscoelastic response.
Journal of Rheology


carbon nanotubes, rheology, suspensions


HobbieE, K. and FryD, J. (2007), Rheology of Concentrated Carbon Nanotube Suspensions, Journal of Rheology, [online], (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created January 1, 2007, Updated February 17, 2017