A carbon nanotube reinforced metal nanocomposite material includes a continuous metal phase, and a pluarlity of carbon nanotubes dispersed in the continuous metal phase. The metal phase extends throughout substantially an entire thickness of the nanocomposite material. The nanotubes are preferably single wall nanotubes (SWNTs). Carbon nanortube reinforced metal nanocomposites according to the invention provide thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity which are generally significantly higher than the pure metal continuous phase material, mechanical strength is 2 to 3 times greater than that of pure metal, and a tailorable coefficient of thermal expansion obtainable through changing the percentage of nanotubes in the nanocomposite.
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College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Nonprovisional Application Record
Chen, Quanfang, "CARBON NANOTUBE REINFORCED METAL COMPOSITES" (2010). UCF Patents. 58.