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Heat Transfer in Polyolefin Foams

  • Marcelo AntunesEmail author
  • José Ignacio Velasco
  • Eusebio Solórzano
  • Miguel Ángel Rodríguez‐Pérez
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Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 2)

Abstract

This chapter is dedicated to the study of heat transfer in polyolefin-based foams, particularly thermal conductivity, as a function of their structure and chemical composition. A small review of the main experimental techniques used to measure the thermal conductivity of these materials is also given, focusing on the transient plane source method (TPS), as well as different theoretical models commonly used for estimating its value. Alongside cellular structure (cell size, anisotropy, etc) and composition considerations, particular importance is given to the analysis of the presence of micrometric and nanometric-sized fillers in the resulting cellular composite thermal properties. This is a novel research field of particular interest, thought to extend the application range of these lightweight materials by tailoring their conductivity.

Keywords

Carbon Nanofibres Cell Wall Thickness Polymer Foam Composite Foam Laser Flash Method 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

Financial assistance from the Local Government (Junta of Castile and Leon, Excellence Group GR39), Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and FEDER program (projects MAT 2007-62956, MAT 2009 14001-C02-01 and postdoctoral grant 2008-0946) is gratefully acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Antunes
    • 1
    Email author
  • José Ignacio Velasco
    • 1
  • Eusebio Solórzano
    • 2
  • Miguel Ángel Rodríguez‐Pérez
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre Català del Plàstic, Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Enginyeria Metal·lúrgicaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaTerrassaSpain
  2. 2.Cellular Materials Laboratory (CellMat), Condensed Matter Physics DepartmentUniversity of ValladolidValladolidSpain

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