The Role of Rheology in the Processing of Vapor Grown Carbon Fiber/Thermoplastic Composites

  • C. A. Bernardo
  • F. W. J. van Hattum
  • O. S. Carneiro
  • J. M. Maia
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NSSE, volume 372)


The work done on the processing of thermoplastics reinforced with sub-micron VGCF is reviewed in this chapter. It is feasible, and indeed easy, to produce these composites by means of conventional processing technologies. The main issues affecting the production of good-quality composites are fiber alignment, fiber-matrix adhesion and fiber dispersion. Rheological experiments can give valuable quantitative information on these issues, by illuminating the relationship between melt structure, processing and properties.


Shear Rate Carbon Fiber High Shear Rate Extensional Viscosity Fiber Alignment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. A. Bernardo
    • 1
  • F. W. J. van Hattum
    • 2
  • O. S. Carneiro
    • 1
  • J. M. Maia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Polymer EngineeringUniversidade do MinhoPortugal
  2. 2.Centre of Lightweight StructuresTUD-TNOthe Netherlands

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