Varshney, Swati and Dhawan, S. K. (2017) Improved Electromagnetic Shielding Performance of Lightweight Compression Molded Polypyrrole/Ferrite Composite Sheets. Journal of Electronic Materials , 46. pp. 1811-1820. ISSN 0361-5235

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An attempt has been made to design lightweight polypyrrole/carbon fibers and polypyrrole/carbon fibers/ferrofluid (Fe3O4 particles) composite sheets using novolac resin via compression molding for electromagnetic shielding applications. The optimized formulation has been achieved to get an excellent combination of thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties of the composite sheet. Structural and morphological studies were carried out by x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Polypyrrole/carbon fibers composite sheets shows maximum flexural strength and a flexural modulus of 62.4 +/- 1 MPa and 0.60 +/- 0.02 GPa, respectively, with total shielding effectiveness of 22.8 dB in the Ku-band (12.4-18 GHz) but when ferrofluid is added to the polypyrrole/carbon fibers composite system, flexural strength increases to 92.3 +/- 1 MPa and the same trend has been observed for flexural modulus with a value of 0.65 +/- 0.04 GPa. This multiphase lightweight polypyrrole composite sheet having 34 vol.% of carbon fibers and 4 vol.% of Fe3O4 nanoparticles offers total shielding effectiveness of 31.9 dB (> 99.99% attenuation) in the Ku-band (12.4-18 GHz) frequency range with a thickness of similar to 1.25 mm. This is accredited to high dielectric losses and magnetic losses in conducting composite sheets. The observed results suggest that lightweight compression molded polypyrrole composite sheets could be a potential commercial alternative for electromagnetic shielding applications.

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Subjects: Engineering > Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Materials Science
Applied Physics/Condensed Matter
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 08:57
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