Polymer composites containing carbon nanotubes and methods related thereto

» Número: US10343304B1 (B1)

» Fecha Publicación: 09/07/2019

» Solicitante: LOCKHEED CORP?[US]

» Inventor: SELL AARON G?[US]; WARD JONATHAN W?[US]

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Polymer composites containing carbon nanotubes often exhibit high glass transition temperatures, which can complicate their use in additive manufacturing processes. Extruded filaments containing carbon nanotubes and residual solvent can have desirably lowered glass transition temperatures. Extruded filaments can contain a polymer as a continuous phase, a nanomaterial such as carbon nanotubes homogeneously mixed throughout the continuous phase, and above 0% to about 15% solvent by weight. Methods for making extruded filaments can include producing a solvated composite by dissolving a polymer and a nanomaterial in a solvent, producing a partially desolvated composite by reducing a solvent content of the solvated composite to a range of about 10% to about 30% by weight, forming particles of the partially desolvated composite, supplying the particles to an extruder, and extruding a filament having the polymer as a continuous phase and the nanomaterial homogeneously mixed throughout the continuous phase, which also contains residual solvent.

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