Effect of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment for repair of polymer matrix composite for aerospace applications

Kumar, S and Abhishek, G and Ullattil, A and Elangundran, TAV and Bhowmik, S and Saji, D and Kim, CG and Baluch, A (2015) Effect of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment for repair of polymer matrix composite for aerospace applications. Journal of Composite Materials, 50 (11). pp. 1497-1507. ISSN 00219983

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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%.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polymer matrix composites, composite defects, scarf joint, surface modification, surface energy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, adhesive bonding, failure analysis, mechanical properties
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Mr. BS Shivaram
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 09:15
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 09:15
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/12589

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