Epoxy-based multilayered coating as efficient microwave absorbing materials

In a new work, an epoxy-based microwave absorbing coating (MAC) containing carbon nanotube (CNT), silicon carbide (SiC), and carbonyl iron (CI) particles was prepared.

A telecommunications tower with a variety of dish antennas for microwave relay.

In order to achieve some optimum key properties such as high and broadband microwave absorbing properties, low density, and relatively low cost, a gradient structure and alternating multilayer structure were used simultaneously.

The effect of a single layer containing one type of filler, single layer containing several types of fillers, and multilayer structures on mentioned key parameters have been investigated.

Efficient microwave absorbing coating

As a final result, the multilayer MACs included nine layers in which each of the layers contained one type of the fillers (CNT, CI, and SiC) and three neat resin interlayers 2 mm in total thickness compared to other samples and provided a maximum return loss value of 17.6 dB at 08.50 GHz and an absorption bandwidth (RL < − 5 dB) of 16 GHz (2–18 GHz) with a density of 1.61 g/cm3.

So, it is simply possible to obtain an efficient MAC due to suitable microwave absorbing filler distribution in multilayer coatings for any respective application.

The study has been published in Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, Volume 17, 2020.

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