Primer on conductive plastics: Things to consider as you specify these materials


Conductive plastics are developed by compounding thermoplastics with electrically conductive materials such as carbon or steel fibers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphite, and other additives to enhance the dispersion of the conductive materials into the polymeric matrix. The result is to give conductive properties to some plastics that normally are isolators.

[Ed. Note: Luis Roca, director of the compounding department at Spain's Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics in Valencia, was kind enough to share this report on conductive thermoplastics. We have edited it only slightly for formatting purposes.]

A wide range of electrical properties can be achieved in the final composite depending on the added percentage and the conductive material type. Also different applications can be reached...
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