F. Legorreta Garcia, C. Estournes, A. Peigney, A. Weibel, E. Flahaut and Ch. Laurent; Spark-plasma-sintering of double-walled carbon nanotubemagnesia nanocomposites; Scripta Materialia 60, 2009, 741744; ISSN: 1359-6462.
A double-walled carbon nanotubeMgO powder is prepared without any mixing. The applied pressure is the main parameter acting on densification. Increasing the maximum temperature and holding time is marginally beneficial. The nanotubes are blocking the matrix grain growth. The nanocomposite prepared using the most severe spark plasma sintering conditions (1700 C, 150 MPa) shows mostly undamaged nanotubes and a higher microhardness than the other materials, reflecting a better bonding between nanotubes and matrix. The electrical conductivity of all nanocomposites is over 12 S/cm