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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 17, pp 6012–6015 | Cite as

Anomalous electrical conductivity and percolation in carbon nanotube composites

  • Chunsheng LuEmail author
  • Yiu-Wing Mai
Letter

Transport properties of disordered multiphase materials, such as electrical and thermal conductivities, have been an active research area in statistical physics for decades. In a composite consisting of conductive fillers dispersed in an insulating matrix, there is a well-defined insulator–conductor transition when an infinite conductive network or path throughout the matrix is formed. This process can be well described by percolation theory [1, 2]. Recently, carbon nanotube (CNT)-reinforced composites and suspensions have attracted a great deal of attention due to their excellent properties and many potential applications. CNTs have a unique set of mechanical and physical properties, including extremely high Young’s modulus, strength, electrical, and thermal conductivities. The current experiments showed that CNT-reinforced composites exhibit an electrical percolation with addition of 0.1 vol.% or less fillers, at which electrical conductivity rises sharply by several orders of...

Keywords

Percolation Threshold Percolation Theory Percolation Cluster Electrical Percolation Electrical Percolation Threshold 

Notes

Acknowledgement

This work was supported by the Curtin Internal Research Grants and the Australian Research Council.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringCurtin University of TechnologyPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Advanced Materials Technology (CAMT), School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering J07The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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