Flexible Sheet Heater with Carbon Nanotube Networked Thin Graphite Flakes
In this study, we fabricated sheet heater using thin graphite flakes to improve electrical conductivity and multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) to ehnance the mechanical stability of sheet heaters. The thin graphite flakes and amide functionalized MWCNT were blended with polyester resin and printed on a PET film by screen printing method. Fabricated sheet heaters show uniform heat distribution compared to conventional wire heater. And then, we fabricated large area heater same as seat heater for automobile application to evaluate the feasibility of the sheet heater. Heating characteristics of the sheet heater was analyzed in correlation with microstructure and electrical characteristics.
This research was financially supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy(MOTIE) and Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology(KIAT) through the Promoting Regional specialized Industry
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