Stretchable carbonyl iron powder/polydimethylsiloxane composites for noise suppression in gigahertz bandwidth

Youngjae Seo, Seongchan Ko, Heebo Ha, Nadeem Qaiser, Mirine Leem, Seung Jo Yoo, Jong Hyeon Jeong, Kyungsub Lee, Byungil Hwang

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Electromagnetic (EM) noise interference in high-frequency communication systems has attracted considerable attention. Flake-shaped iron-based alloy powder–polymer composites are the conventionally used EM noise suppressors; however, they exhibit low stretchability and cannot effectively suppress EM noise in the range of several gigahertz. The present study demonstrated the application of carbonyl iron powder (CIP)/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composites as EM noise suppressors at 1–18 GHz. The CIP/PDMS composites presented excellent mechanical properties (rupture strength 6.57 MPa, elongation 71%) even at the maximum CIP content of 40 vol%. The tensile test results and finite element method (FEM) simulations revealed a lowering of the elongation with CIP loading content, which was attributed to the localized stress at the agglomerated CIPs. The spherical CIPs exhibited multicore shell interface structures with 2–300 nm ring gaps that were larger than the skin depth of pure iron. EM absorption characterization revealed that the magnetic loss tangent at 10 GHz increased linearly with increasing CIP content. Furthermore, the power loss at 10 GHz for the 40 vol% CIP/PDMS composite was 2.25 times higher than that for the 20 vol% CIP/PDMS composite. This indicated the effective suppression of EM noise in the gigahertz bandwidth with the addition of CIP.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109150
JournalComposites Science and Technology
StatePublished - Nov 12 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-11-26
Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea, which is funded by the Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology (Grant Nos. NRF-2019K1A3A1A47000624 and 2021K1A3A1A74096164) and the Korea Basic Science Institute under the R&D program (Project No. C140440) supervised by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Engineering


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