Thermophysical Properties of High-Frequency Induction Heat Sintered Graphene Nanoplatelets/Alumina Ceramic Functional Nanocomposites

  • Iftikhar Ahmad
  • Tayyab Subhani
  • Nannan Wang
  • Yanqiu Zhu


This paper concerns the thermophysical properties of high-frequency induction heat (HFIH) sintered alumina ceramic nanocomposites containing various graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) concentrations. The GNP/alumina nanocomposites demonstrated high densities, fine-grained microstructures, highest fracture toughness and hardness values of 5.7 MPa m1/2 and 18.4 GPa, which found 72 and 8%, superior to the benchmarked monolithic alumina, respectively. We determine the role of GNP in tuning the microstructure and inducing toughening mechanisms in the nanocomposites. The sintered monolithic alumina exhibited thermal conductivity value of 24.8 W/mK; however, steady drops of 2, 15 and 19% were recorded after adding respective GNP contents of 0.25, 0.5 and 1.0 wt.% in the nanocomposites. In addition, a dwindling trend in thermal conductions with increasing temperatures was recorded for all sintered samples. Simulation of experimental results with proven theoretical thermal models showed the dominant role of GNP dispersions, microstructural porosity, elastic modulus and grain size in controlling the thermal transport properties of the GNP/alumina nanocomposites. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that the nanocomposite with up to 0.5 mass% of GNP is thermally stable at the temperatures greater than 875 °C. The GNP/alumina nanocomposites owning a distinctive combination of mechanical and thermal properties are promising contenders for the specific components of the aerospace engine and electronic devices having contact with elevated temperatures.


ceramics interfaces microstructure nanocomposites sintering thermal analysis 



The authors would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this Research Group Project No. RG-1437-028.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iftikhar Ahmad
    • 1
  • Tayyab Subhani
    • 2
  • Nannan Wang
    • 3
  • Yanqiu Zhu
    • 3
  1. 1.Center of Excellence for Research in Engineering MaterialsKing Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Composite Research Center, Department of Materials Science and EngineeringInstitute of Space TechnologyIslamabadPakistan
  3. 3.College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical SciencesUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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