Researcher: Increase in plastic's conductivity could benefit jet fighters

05/19/2009 | DailyTech

Polycarbonate's use has been limited because of its poor conduction, but a researcher at the University of Houston is changing that through the use of nanotubes. Adding them to the composite increases polycarbonate's conductivity to a level close to that achieved by metals, says Shay Curran; his ultimate goal is to use the mixture to protect the electronics inside jet fighters from electric pulses or surges as well as interference from electric or magnetic fields.

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