Enhancement and evaluation of interfacial adhesion between active screen plasma surface-functionalised carbon fibres and the epoxy substrate

Yana Liang, Xiaoying Li, Mauro Giorcelli, Alberto Tagliaferro, Costas Charitidis, Hanshan Dong

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Abstract

This paper investigated the modification of the advanced active screen plasma (ASP) technology on PAN-derived carbon fibres (CFs) with gas mixtures of N2-H2 and N2-H2-Ar, separately. A more-than-30% improvement was found in the interfacial shear strength (IFSS) between the modified CFs and the epoxy substrate in the resulting composites, as disclosed by single fibre push-out tests. Based on the study of surface morphology, surface chemistry and water-sorption behaviour, the interfacial adhesion enhancement mechanisms were attributed to (1) the increased chemical bonding between the introduced functional groups on the fibre surface and the matrix; (2) the improved surface hydrophilicity of CFs; and (3) the enhanced van der Waals bonding due to the removal of surface contaminations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number824
JournalPolymers
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2022

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