In contrast to the form in which other carbon fibers are produced, vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) is produced from gas phase precursors in the form of individual fibers of discrete lengths. VGCF can be harvested as a mat of semi-aligned, semi-continuous fibers, with occasional fiber branching and curling. The use of VGCF mats as reinforcement result in composites which exhibit unique microstructure and physical properties that are not observed in other types of carbon composites. This paper describes the processing of VGCF mats reinforced carbon composites, and its unique microstructure and properties. Utilization of fiber tensile properties, as well as thermal conductivity, in the composites is discussed. Comparison of experimental results from various VGCF composites to theory indicates that mechanical properties are more strongly affected by characteristics of VGCF mat than are thermal conductivity. The implications of this relationship favors applications for thermal management where structural demands are less stringent.
|頁（從 - 到）||361-372|
|期刊||Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings|
|出版狀態||Published - 1995|
|事件||Proceedings of the 1995 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, USA|
持續時間: 1995 四月 17 → 1995 四月 20
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