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Functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotube coating on mainspring with reinforced mechanical strength

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4 Author(s)
Gong, J.M. ; Inst. of Precision of Eng., Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ; Choi, C.Y. ; Wong, K.W. ; Du, R.

Here, we have successfully fabricated high performance mainspring by co-electrodeposition of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes coating in the presence of chitosan. The functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs) can be easily electro-deposited with chitosan onto the mainspring under a moderate condition, with controllable film thickness from a few hundred nanometers to tens of micrometers. The Young modulus of the coated mainspring was evaluated by a cantilever loading test. Our results show that the Young modulus of a mainspring coated with a f-MWCNT composite layer has been greatly improved. A 5 pm composite coating on a 100 mum mainspring (implying a 5 increase in the total thickness) can increase the Young modulus, by an average of 41.6%. The reported co-electrodeposition technique provides a facile approach to form stable, reproducible, and rigid f-MWCNTs composite coating, which leads to realization of high-performance mainspring with reinforced mechanical strength.

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Nanotechnology, 2007. IEEE-NANO 2007. 7th IEEE Conference on

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2-5 Aug. 2007