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  • 1 Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Locked Bag 20000, Geelong, VIC, 3220, Australia
  • 2 Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, 3800, Australia
  • 3 School of Engineering, Deakin University, Locked Bag 20000, Geelong, VIC, 3220, Australia
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Abstract

Synthetic graphite–phenolic nanocomposites were designed and synthesized with a compositional gradient which is shown to influence transient temperature fields during rapid temperature changes. Such nanocomposites were fabricated using a compression moulding technique, and thermal conductivity and heat capacity of nanocomposites were experimentally determined using a modified transient plane source technique over a wide temperature range from 253.15 to 373.15 K. The effects of four compositional gradient configurations on the transient temperature field across the thickness of a nanocomposite plate, at a high imposed temperature, was investigated. The transient time and temperature fields in nanocomposite structures were highly affected by the compositional gradient configurations.

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