Theses and Dissertations


Hakan Kilic

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Zhang, Jilei

Committee Member

Barnes, H. Michael

Committee Member

Hassan, El-Barbary M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were dispersed into polyvinyl acetate (PVAc ) adhesive cured by radio frequency (RF) to investigate their loading effects on PVAc adhesive curing time and lap shear bond strength performance. Main factors are CNT loading (0.08, 0.25 and 0.41%), RF curing time (15, 30, 45, 60 seconds), and clamping pressure (100, 160, and 240 psi). Experimental results indicated that CNT loading had significant effects on PVAc curing time and lap shear bond strength. Specifically, single lap shear joints bonded with 0.41% CNT loading adhesive had significantly higher lap shear bond strengths than one with PVAc only (0% CNT loading). The curing time of PVAc dispersed with a 41% CNT loading (15 seconds) was 30 seconds shorter than the one with a 0% CNT loading (45 seconds).