Electrical and mechanical property transitions in carbon-filled poly(vinylpyrrolidone)

The effect of carbon black content on the mechanical and electrical properties of carbon-black-filled poly(vinylpyrrolidone) composites was determined. Experimental data show a drop in modulus when the volume of carbon black exceeds 25%, coincident with pore formation documented by scanning electron microscopy. This behavior is consistent with surpassing the critical pigment volume concentration. Electrical conductivity, however, does not show a discontinuous change in behavior at 25 vol% carbon black and continues to increase through a carbon black loading of 35 vol%. A qualitative model of microstructural evolution is presented to explain the observed differences in electrical and mechanical behavior.

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Grunlan, JC; Gerberich, WW; Francis, LF; J. Mater Res.199914 (11), 4132-4135.
Published in Journal of Materials Research 1999