Epoxy Composites with High Thermal Conductivity by Constructing Three-Dimensional Carbon Fiber/Carbon/Nickel Networks Using an Electroplating Method
Journal article, 2021

Heat dissipation problem is the primary factor restricting the service life of an electronic component. The thermal conductivity of materials has become a bottleneck that hinders the development of the electronic information industry (such as light-emitting diodes, SG mobile phones). Therefore, the research on improving the thermal conductivity of materials has a very important theoretical value and a practical application value. Whether the thermally conductive filler in polymer composites can form a highly thermal conductive pathway is a key issue at this stage. The carbon fiber/carbon felt (CF/C felt) prepared in the study has a three-dimensional continuous network structure. The nickel-coated carbon fiber/carbon felt (CF/C/Ni felt) was fabricated by an electroplating deposition method. Three-dimensional CF/C/Ni/epoxy composites were manufactured by vacuum-assisted liquid-phase impregnation. By forming connection points between the adjacent carbon fibers, the thermal conduction path inside the felt can be improved so as to improve the thermal conductivity of the CF/C/Ni/epoxy composite. The thermal conductivity of the CF/ C/Ni/epoxy composite (in-plane KO is up to 2.13 W/(m K) with 14.0 wt % CF/C and 3.70 wt % Ni particles (60 min electroplating deposition). This paper provides a theoretical basis for the development of high thermal conductivity and high-performance composite materials urgently needed in industrial production and high-tech fields.


Ying Wang

Shanghai Maritime University

Bo Tang

Shanghai Maritime University

Yuan Gao

Shanghai Maritime University

Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Xinfeng Wu

Shanghai Maritime University

Jin Chen

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory

Shanghai Maritime University

Liming Shan

Shanghai Maritime University

Kai Sun

Shanghai Maritime University

Yuantao Zhao

Shanghai Maritime University

Ke Yang

Central South University

Jinhong Yu

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Wenge Li

Shanghai Maritime University


2470-1343 (ISSN)

Vol. 6 29 19238-19251

Subject Categories

Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials

Materials Chemistry

Composite Science and Engineering





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