Effect of MWCNT content on conductivity and mechanical and wear properties of copper foam/resin composite
Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and carbon fiber and flaky graphite reinforced copper foam/furan resin composite for a novel sliding contact material was fabricated using an acid purify and ultrasonic dispersion technology, followed by a mold pressing process. The microstructure, electrical resistivity, impact strength and current-carrying friction performances of the composites were measured to investigate the effect of the different MWCNT contents. The results showed that the MWCNTs had a good dispersion state in the composite and the percolation threshold was approximate 0.074-0.185 vol%. As addition of the MWCNTs, the impact strength and wear resistance of the composites could be raised by 45% and 22%, respectively.