Polycarbonate (PC) has been widely applied in various industrial areas including biomedical, optical, and defence systems. According to the optical requirements of PC devices, a high-quality surface with better surface finish and transparency are necessary. However, due to the mechanical property of PC, poor surface finish due to tool marks generated during machining . In this paper, a novel fabrication process is presented for enhancing the machineability in terms of higher ductility of PC without significant loss of transparency by mixing with cobalt/carboxyl multi-walled carbon nanotubes (Co/COOH-MWCNTs). Carboxyl worked as a bridge between Co and PC chain, under a magnetic field, Co caused the movement of PC chains, and connect better with polymer chains. Experimental investigations show that a low concentration of Co/COOH-MWCNTs can increase the ductility of PC by fibre reinforcing effects. The experimental results provide promising guidance for enhancing the machinability of PC by appropriate concentration of the additive.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)