Coated nonwovens with high conductivity
A commercial method of nickel chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on nonwoven fibers may revolutionize products made for electromagnetic shielding, lightning strike protection, energy storage and a host of other applications that depend on conductivity. Conductive Composites, Heber City, Utah, introduced the CVD-coated nonwovens, which are lighter, thinner and more conductive than nonwovens that are made with conductive fibers. Performance characteristics match or exceed sheets of carbon nanomaterials at a lower price and in an easier-to-use continuous roll format. Every external surface of the fiber is coated and protected, the nonwoven can be wet-processed, and nickel provides corrosion-resistance and magnetic properties.