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Publication numberUS3912668 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 14, 1975
Filing dateJun 17, 1974
Priority dateJun 17, 1974
Publication numberUS 3912668 A, US 3912668A, US-A-3912668, US3912668 A, US3912668A
InventorsNeumann Edward W, Rahemba Francis J, Scheinberg Stanley
Original AssigneeIbm
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Conductive paint formulations with very low electrical impedance in the Z-direction containing a metal carbide
US 3912668 A
One or more metallic carbides having the general structure MC in which M is selected from the group consisting of Titanium (Ti), Zirconium (Zr), Niobium (Nb), Hafnium (HF), Tantalum (Ta) and Tungsten (W) are mixed with standard paints to produce a paint which will provide a coating that has a very low electrical impedance in a direction orthogonal to the plane of the coating.
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United States Patent Neumann et a1.


Rahemba; Stanley Scheinberg, all of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, N.Y.

Filed: June 17, 1974 Appl. No.: 479,975

U.S. Cl. 260/18 PN; 117/121; 117/126; 260/29.6 MM; 260/29.7 M; 260/37 M; 260/42.2 Z

Int. C1. C23F 5/02 Field of Search... 260/18 PN, 37 M, 29.6 MM, 260/29.7 M, 42.2 Z; 117/121, 126

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 4/1966 Trevoy 252/516 Oct. 14, 1975 3,380,935 4/1968 Ring 252/511 3,404,031 10/1968 Clayton et a1. 117/226 3,563,916 2/1971 Takashina et a1 1 17/226 3,676,212 7/1972 Mishler 117/226 3,746,662 7/ 1973 Adelman 260/37 3,783,021 1/1974 York 117/226 3,788,997 1] 1974 MacKenzie 252/516 Primary Examiner-Eugene C. Rzucidlo Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Edward S. Gershuny 4 Claims, No Drawings CONDUCTIVE PAINT FORMULATIONS WITH VERY LOW ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE IN THE Z-DIRECTIION CONTAINING A METAL CARBIDE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to compositions which can be used to provide a coating which has low electrical impedance. More particularly, the invention relates to compositions of paints which, when dry, will provide a coating which has a very low electrical impedance in a direction orthogonal to the plane of the coating (its Z- direction").

When painting various surfaces such as, for example, the exterior panels of electronic data processing machines, it is often necessary or desirable to provide a means for establishing a path of low electrical impedance through the paint film. In the prior art, this is generally accomplished in either of two ways.

The first technique utilizes a conductive material which is attached through or around the painted substrate to provide a contact point on each side thereof. One example of this is the common use of so-called rub strips on, for example, the painted doors which cover various types of electrical equipment. An advantage of this approach is that it can be utilized when the substrate is a non-conducting material. One disadvantage is that the attachment of the conductive pieces generally requires an additional step in the manufacture and therefore involves increased labor cost. Another disadvantage is that the contact points established by this technique are generally rather small in relation to the size of the painted substrate; therefore requiring, in some situations, an extra amount of care in locating the electrical contacts.

When the substrate is, itself, an electrically conductive material, electrical through-connections can be achieved by painting it with an electrically conductive paint. Assuming that the substrate is to be painted anyway, no additional manufacturing step is required. Also, contact can be established over a relatively large area.

In accordance with one prior art technique, a conductive paint is made by adding, to any ofa large number of known paint formulations a conductive filler. The two fillers most commonly used are silver and graphitic carbon. As between the two, a primary advantage of graphitic carbon is that is is significantly less expensive than silver. Also, its density is less than that of silver, and it therefore has a lesser tendency to settle out of the paint mixture. The primary advantage of silver is that it is a better conductor than graphitic carbon. When a substrate is painted with a commercially available conductive paint to produce a coating of approximately 1 to 2 mils thickness, resistivity in the Z- direction will typically be approximately 0.1 ohms for paint using a silver filler, and 600 ohms for paint using a carbon filler. (Although silver filled paints can have excellent conductivity, it should be noted that they are extremely expensive, costing as much as about $400 per gallon.)

Another filler which has been used is copper. However, copper has the disadvantage that it is subject to oxidation and the oxides are not conductive.

An object of this invention is to provide a paint having a very low electrical impedance in its z-direction.

A further object of the invention is to provide such a paint which will be economical to use when painting large surfaces.

Another object of the invention is to provide such a conductive paint which, when dry, will present an appearance that is esthetically pleasing.

Other objects of the invention are to provide such a conductive paint which, when dry, will have good characteristics of adhesion and impact resistance.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, the above and other objects are accomplished by providing a paint into which one or more metallic carbides are mixed. The metallic carbides have the general structure MC in which M is selected from the group consisting of Titanium (Ti), Zirconium (Zr), Niobium (Nb), Hafnium (HF), Tantalum (Ta), and Tungsten (W). Although carbide particles of a size up to about 44 microns may be used to advantage, the preferred range of particle size is approximately I to 5 microns. The concentration of carbide particles in the paint will preferably be in the range of 10 to 40% by dry weight.

The above and other objects, features and advantages of this invention will be apparent from the following description of preferred embodiments thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION Method of Testing Before describing specific examples of paint formulations, it will be appropriate to describe the manner in which the various formulations were tested.

Coating formulations wereprepared and applied to phosphatized steel panels such as those used by the paint industry for the evaluation of paints. These panels are approximately 3 inches wide X 5 inches long and 0.027 inches thick. The formulations described in the following examples were applied to the above mentioned steel panels and performance screening tests were used to determine the electrical contact impedance, the adhesion of the dried or baked film to the steel substrate, the impact resistance of the dried or baked film and its esthetic qualities.

The electrical contact impedance was measured by placing one lead of a DC. ohmeter on the non-painted underside of the steel panel and placing the other lead from the ohmeter on the paintedsurface of the same panel. The resistance of the paint film can then be read directly from the ohmeter in ohms.

The adhesion of the coating to the steelpanel is measured by a tape test. This tes: is performed by scoring six parallel lines about 4; inch apart and 1 inch long on the coated steel panel. The scorings must penetrate the coating to the steel substrate. This may be accomplished by using a pointed scalpel blade or sharp knife. Six more scorings are made similarly but at to the first set of six scorings and superimposed upon the first set such that a cross-hatch pattern results in which there is a grid 25 squares, each approximately 4; X /8 inch. A piece of transparent cellophane tape 1 inch wide by about 6 inches long is firmly pressed down on the previously described grid and then pulled off briskly at an angle of approximately 90 to the steel panel. The adhesion test is said to have been passed" if none of the paint is removed.

The impact test is a measure of the toughness" and resiliency of a film. The test is performed using a commercially available impact tester. A known weight with a spherical head is dropped head down from a measured height. If the coating on the steel panel is fractured or in any way damaged it is said to have failed the test. The results are stated below in inch-lbs.

Tests on the esthetic qualities of painted panels were made by subjective human observation and were primarily directed to the visual appearance and tactile feel of each painted panel.

EXAMPLES OF PAINT FORMULATIONS Each of the following formulations was prepared and a steel panel was spray painted, then baked and tested as described above. In each case the coating of paint was approximately 1 to 2 mils thick. All proportions given below are by weight with the exception of the solvent, which is by volume. As is well known in the art, the amount of solvent which should be used for a given application will depend upon the manner in which the paint is to be applied (for example, by brushing or by spraying) and the viscosity desired. In each of the following examples, the solvent used was a mixture of (by volume) 20 parts toluene, parts methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), 10 parts methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), 10 parts benzene and 25 parts ethyl acetate.

In each of the following examples, the impact resistance of the painted panel was measured as being in excess of 50 inch-lbs., and each painted panel passed the adhesion test.

EXAMPLE I 50 parts ERL 2795 Epoxy resin 50 parts Versamid I 40 parts TiC (325 mesh) parts graphite (A-99) 60 parts solvent viscosity 110 cp impedance: less than 1 ohm EXAMPLE 2 50 parts ERL 2795 Epoxy resin 50 parts Versamid 115 40 parts ZrC (l5 micron) 20 parts graphite (A-99) 60 parts solvent viscosity 90 cp impedance: less than 1 ohm EXAMPLE 3 50 parts ERL 2795 Epoxy resin 50 parts Versamid l 15 40 parts TaC (l-5 micron) 20 parts graphite (A-99) 60 parts solvent viscosity 1 l0 cp impedance: 500-1500 ohms EXAMPLE 4 50 parts ERL 2795 Epoxy resin 50 parts Versamid I15 40 parts WC (l5 micron) 20 parts graphite (A-99) 70 parts solvent viscosity 1 l0 cp impedance: more than 5000 ohms EXAMPLE 5 50 parts ERL 2795 Epoxy resin 50 parts Versamid 1 15 60 parts graphite (A-99) 100 parts solvent viscosity 80 cp impedance: 2200-2600 ohms In the formulations described in the above five examples, the ERL 2795 epoxy resin is a product of the Union Carbide Corporation, the Versamid is a product of General Mills Chemical Corporation and the graphite is a product of Asbury Graphite Mills.

It was found that the higher density carbides such as TaC and WC produce films having fairly high contact resistances. This is not due to the inherent resistivity of these carbides but rather to the fact that, because of their high densities, they settle more rapidly in the spray can: thus less of these carbides appear in the coating on the steel panel.

Example 5 shows that if graphite alone is used as a conductive filler, the contact resistance is about 2200-2600 ohms. The replacement of part of the graphite component in the formulation, with TiC (Example or ZrC (Example 2) reduces the contact resistance by more than three orders of magnitude.

It was also found that, the 325 TiC used in Example 1, while it has good physical and electrical properties, is very gritty because of its coarseness (up to 44 microns). On the other hand, the l-5 micron ZrC used in Example 2 provides a much smoother and esthetically acceptable texture.

In order to determine the effective range of loading of conductive metal carbides, the following examples were tested for electrical contact resistance when steel panels were sprayed and baked.

Example 6 Contact Resistance 300-600 ohms Example 7 Glidden l45l-l conductive paint 2-5 ohms 10% by day weight TiC 325 mesh Example 8 Contact Resistance Glidden l45l-l conductive paint less than I ohm 20% by day weight TiC 325 mesh The Glidden conductive paint cited in examples 6, 7, and 8 is a commercially available paint designated 1451-1 by The Glidden-Durkee Division of S.C.M. Corporation.

Two formulations similar to Example I were prepared in which the 325 mesh (up to 44 micron) TiC was replaced by l-5 micron TiC (and by submicron TiC) and steel panels were spray painted as before. In both cases, the contact resistance was less than one ohm, the impact resistance was inch-lbs. and the coating passed the adhesion test.

A commercially available water reducible conductive paint (made by The Glidden-Durkee Division, S.C.M. Corp. designated Black Aqualure Conductive Coating") was modified by the addition of l-5 micron TiC.

The additions by weight are tabulated below along with the electrical contact resistance.

The intended ultimate use of the conductive coating governs the amount of MC which should be added to obtain a low impedance ground path.

For example, if there is a requirement that only small portions of a co-member be in contact with the painted surface, then the loading would necessarily need to be relatively high; i.e., 20-40% of MC. If however, there are massive contact areas such as a computer cover in contact with a computer frame, then -15% loading of MC would be adequate.

It should also be noted that the particle size range will dictate the texture of the dried or baked coating.

While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the above and other changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

What is claimed is:

l. A conductive paint formulation including:

10 to 40% by dry weight metallic carbide ofthe structure MC; wherein M is selected from the group consisting of titanium, zirconium, niobium, hafnium, tantalum and tungsten; and wherein the car bide particles are up to 44 microns in size.

2. The conductive paint formulation of claim 1 wherein: the concentration of carbide particles is between 10 and 30% by weight.

3. The conductive paint formulation of claim 2 wherein: the carbide particles consist essentially of particles within the range of size of 1 to 5 microns.

4. The conductive paint formulation of claim 3 wherein: the concentration of carbide particles is within the range of 10 to 15% by weight.

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U.S. Classification252/511, 523/442, 524/406, 252/516, 524/408, 524/413, 252/507
International ClassificationC09D5/24
Cooperative ClassificationC09D5/24
European ClassificationC09D5/24