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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • viscoelasticity;
  • temperature;
  • creep recovery;
  • thermal stability
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A viscoelastic carbon nanotube (CNT) material has been created that shows creep recovery, similar to silicone rubber, from –190 to 970 °C where polymers breakdown. Excellent thermal resistance is demonstrated by sequential creep recovery tests across extreme temperatures and interpreted to originate from the contacts among the non-aligned, unbundled CNTs.