432136 Lightweight, Flexible, High-Performance Carbon Nanotube Cables By Scalable Flow Coating

Tuesday, November 10, 2015: 1:27 PM
253B (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Francesca Mirri1, Nathan Orloff2 and Matteo Pasquali1, (1)Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, (2)National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO

Coaxial cables for data transmission are ubiquitously used in telecommunications, aerospace, automotive and robotics industries. Unfortunately, the metals used to make commercial cables are heavy and stiff. These undesirable traits are particularly problematic in aerospace applications, where weight is at a premium and flexibility is necessary to conform with the distributed layout of electronic components in satellites and aircrafts. The cable outer conductor (OC) is usually the heaviest component of modern data cables; therefore, exchanging the conventional metallic OC for lower weight materials with comparable transmission characteristics is highly desirable. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been recently proposed to replace the metal components in coaxial cables; however, signal attenuation has been inadequate in prototypes produced so far. Here, we fabricate the OC of coaxial data cables by directly coating a solution of CNTs in chlorosulfonic acid (CSA) onto the cable inner dielectric. When compared to commercial cables with metal (tin-coated copper) OC, the CNT coaxial data cables have comparable cable attenuation and mechanical durability but a 97 % lower component mass.

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