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Effect of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Treatment for Repair of Polymer Composite for Aerospace Applications

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Journal of Composite Materials

Source : Journal of Composite Materials (2015)

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Keywords : Adhesive Bonding, atomic force microscopy, composite defects, Failure analysis, Mechanical properties, Polymer matrix composites, scarf joint, Surface energy, Surface Modification, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Campus : Coimbatore

School : Department of Aerospace Engineering, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering

Department : Aerospace

Year : 2015

Abstract : This paper investigates the repair of polymer matrix composites and validates the repair by static testing. Scarf repair is carried out on the laminates and cured under vacuum. It is observed that 80% of tensile strength is recovered due to this process. Therefore, this investigation highlights the significance of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment on repair of graphite epoxy laminate. It is observed that the surface energy of graphite epoxy laminate has improved significantly due to atmospheric pressure plasma treatment. Atmospheric pressure plasma treatment results in noteworthy increase in oxygen functionalities as detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, as well as surface roughness as detected by atomic force microscopy. The improvement in adhesion properties is correlated with lap shear strength of adhesive bonded joints and mode of failure has been analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The plasma-treated laminates, when used for repair, provided an additional 12% in the tensile strength and thereby retaining a strength increase up to 92%.

Cite this Research Publication : Sarath Kumar S., Abhishek G., Akhil Ullattil, Elangundran T.V.A, Shantanu Bhowmik, Saji Devadathan, Chun-Gon Kim, and Abrar Baluch, “Effect of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Treatment for Repair of Polymer Composite for Aerospace Applications”, Journal of Composite Materials, 2015.

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