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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 179538, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/179538
Research Article

Analysis of DC Electrical Conductivity Models of Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites with Potential Application to Nanometric Electronic Devices

1Departamento de Ingeniería en Materiales, Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Irapuato, Carretera Irapuato Silao Km. 12.5, 36821 Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
2Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería y Ciencias Aplicadas (CIICAp), Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Avenida Universidad No. 1001, Col. Chamilpa, 62209 Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Received 15 December 2012; Accepted 28 January 2013

Academic Editor: Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle

Copyright © 2013 Rafael Vargas-Bernal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The design of nanometric electronic devices requires novel materials for improving their electrical performance from stages of design until their fabrication. Until now, several DC electrical conductivity models for composite materials have been proposed. However, these models must be valued to identify main design parameters that more efficiently control the electrical properties of the materials to be developed. In this paper, four different models used for modeling DC electrical conductivity of carbon nanotube-polymer composites are studied with the aim of obtaining a complete list of design parameters that allow guarantying to the designer an increase in electrical properties of the composite by means of carbon nanotubes.