Plastics offer cost, maintenance, and density advantages over metals for many lowstrength applications. Low electrical and thermal conductivities, however, are major deficiencies for some applications. The addition of conductive fillers to the polymer will improve these deficiencies. The two filler parameters which most significantly affect the conductivity of the composite are volume loading and the shape. This paper discusses the effects of various filler types and shapes on the conducitivity of plastics.

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