Enhanced thermal conductivity of epoxy/Cu-plated carbon fiber fabric composites

Seunggun Yu, Kyusup Park, Jang Woo Lee, Soon Man Hong, Cheolmin Park, Tae Hee Han, Chong Min Koo

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Enhanced heat conduction behavior of epoxy/polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fiber fabric composites was developed through Cu electroplating on carbon fiber fabrics. The polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fiber fabric with low thermal conductivity was employed as a template to form continuous Cu thermal conduction pathway. The epoxy composites with the continuous heat conduction pathway exhibited high thermal conductivities of 7.70 W/mK in the parallel direction, and 0.96 W/mK in the perpendicular direction, even with a lower Cu content of 3.5 vol%, which is a 220% and 70% increase over those of the epoxy/carbon fiber composites with isolated Cu beads, respectively. The experimental thermal conductivities of the composites were compared to the theoretically calculated values based on the Hatta and Taya models. Our simple approach offers a straightforward strategy to enhance thermal conductivity of polymer composites through incorporating the continuous Cu thin layers as an efficient thermal conduction pathway. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-564
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1

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© 2017, The Polymer Society of Korea and Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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