Extension-enhanced conductivity of liquid crystalline polymer nano-composites

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Our aim here is to predict elongational flow-induced enhancements in thermal or electrical conductivity of liquid crystal polymer (LCP) nanocomposites. To do so, we combine two classical mathematical asymptotic analyses: slender longwave hydro-thermo-dynamics for fibers and exact analysis of pure elongation of LCPs in solvents for bulk phases without boundary effects; and homogenization theory for effective properties of low volume-fraction spheroidal inclusions. Two implications follow: elongational flow dominates fiber free surface and thermal effects on electrical and thermal conductivity enhancements; and, there appears to be no sacrifice in enhancements by producing much higher radius, bulk fibers. © 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & KGaA, Weinheim.

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Macromolecular Symposia

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