Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Surface optimization of high density polyethylene and carbon nanofiber composites for the improvement of electromagnetic shielding effectiveness
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Karen Lozano
Dr. Dorina M. Mihut
Dr. Heinrich Foltz
Nanoreinforced composites of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Carbon Nanofibers (CNF) of varying nanofiber concentration were fabricated via melt mixing. Following fabrication, various metal and metal-nitride thin films were sputter deposited upon the substrates. Volume resistivity measurements of the composite substrates, as well as four point probe analysis of the composites and the deposited films were performed and are reported. Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding Effectiveness (SE) measurements were performed upon all samples in order to gauge the effects of percolation and the presence of the deposited film(s) upon overall SE. Comparisons of experimental measurements with analytical models available in the literature will be made in order to gain insight in to the dominant shielding mechanisms in the composite(s).
University of Texas-Pan American
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