In this work, ten carbon black (CB) loaded elastic acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) nano-composites have been prepared to be used in microwave shielding applications. The DC electric properties of these CB loaded NBR composites have been studied. The evolution of DC conductivity of CB loaded NBR composites with loading level revealed S-shapes curve in accordance with the percolation theory. The current (I)-voltage (V) relations have been studied for these samples at room temperature. All CB loaded NBR composite samples showed Ohmic behavior with the exception of two samples namely CB30 and CB40 in which space charge limited conduction is obvious. Microwave shielding has been calculated from the transmittance data measured using terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) technique. The analysis of microwave shielding data revealed that the sample CB70 has the highest shielding effectiveness. The results of the microwave shielding effectiveness of CB loaded NBR composites were correlated to their DC electric conductivities. Results showed that there is a strong relationship between the DC electric conductivity of the samples and their activity regarding microwave shielding effectiveness. The current investigation of microwave shielding properties of CB loaded NBR composites magnifies the importance of DC electric conduction losses as a major mechanism for microwave shielding.
TPS Spectra 3000, (TeraView, UK) was used for measuring transmittance of the samples in the frequency range 10-1000 GHz