The influence of carbon nanotube addition on the properties of shear thickening fluid

Paulina Nakonieczna , Łukasz Wierzbicki , Rafał Wróblewski , Tomasz Płociński , Marcin Leonowicz


The properties of shear thickening fluid (STF), based on polypropylene glycol and amorphous silica, modified by the addition of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), were studied. The STF’s viscosity increases abruptly during impact tests. The addition of a small amount of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to the STF, leads to an increase of the maximal viscosity from 2128 to 12,213 Pa·s. To show the differences between various compositions, the microstructures of fluids were observed by scanning electron microscopy. A pronounced influence of the CNTs on the ability of impact force absorption was noticed. The protective structure containing 55 and 0.25 vol% of fumed silica and CNTs, respectively, is able to absorb up to 74% of impact force.
Author Paulina Nakonieczna (FMSE / DCFM)
Paulina Nakonieczna,,
- Division of Construction and Functional Materials
, Łukasz Wierzbicki (FMSE / DCFM)
Łukasz Wierzbicki,,
- Division of Construction and Functional Materials
, Rafał Wróblewski (FMSE / DCFM)
Rafał Wróblewski,,
- Division of Construction and Functional Materials
, Tomasz Płociński (FMSE / DMD)
Tomasz Płociński,,
- Division of Materials Design
, Marcin Leonowicz (FMSE / DCFM)
Marcin Leonowicz,,
- Division of Construction and Functional Materials
Journal seriesBulletin of Materials Science, ISSN 0250-4707
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Polishpłyny zagęszczające; reologia; nanorurki węglowe; zmatowiona krzemionka koloidalna; systemy pochłaniające siły
Keywords in Englishthickening fluids; rheology; carbon nanotubes; fumed silica; force absorbing systems
ASJC Classification2211 Mechanics of Materials; 2500 General Materials Science
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 17-07-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus Citations = 1; GS Citations = 1.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.664; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.264 (2) - 2018=1.215 (5)
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