Dielectric Response of Nano Aluminium Tri-hydrate Filled Silicone Rubber
journal contributionposted on 20.04.2018, 09:18 by Leonard A. Dissado, Nikola Mihaylov Chalashkanov, Stephen J. Dodd, et al.
The dielectric response of a nano-ATH (Aluminium Tri-hydrate) filled silicone rubber is investigated over the frequency range 10−4 to 103 Hz and compared with that of the micro-ATH composite. An equivalent circuit has been used to decompose the dielectric response into: a loss peak process, a quasi-dc (Q-DC) process, a dc-conductance and constant high frequency capacitance. It was found that the Q-DC and loss peak were a result of the ATH filler with the loss peak more clearly resolved in the nano-ATH filled material than in the micro-ATH material where it is weaker and partly obscured by the Q-DC process. In contrast to the micro-ATH material the characteristic frequencies of all the dielectric responses in the nano-ATH filled samples have the same activation energy. The physical mechanisms of the Q-DC process and loss peak are discussed in terms of long range transport between nano-ATH clusters and the dipolar behaviour of isolated clusters respectively.