Processing and characterization of UHMWPE composite fibres with alumina particles in poly(ethylene-vinyl acetate) matrix
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Stojanović, Dušica R.
Jančić Heinemann, Radmila
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Processing of hybrid composites represents a challenge for engineers where the aim is to establish compatibility among several materials. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of different sizes and morphologies of alumina fillers on the mechanical and thermal properties of the composite fibres based on ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibres (UHMWPE). These fibres have an outstanding elastic modulus and they are compatible with nonpolar sequences of the poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (EVA) matrix. Compared to the fibres, inferior mechanical properties of the matrix can be improved using alumina particles. Commercial aluminium oxide (Al2O3) nanoparticles, commercial whiskers and synthesized particles of Al2O3 doped with iron oxide, incorporated in different weight percentages, were used as fillers. The UHMWPE fibres were impregnated using the solution of EVA in toluene with dispersed particles. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning elec...tron microscope were used for structural examination. Tensile testing revealed increasing of modulus of elasticity and strengths of obtained hybrid composite fibres. Thermal gravimetry showed improved thermal stability up to 350°C of the hybrid composite fibres with alumina particles doped with iron oxide. Results of tested samples showed that the best mechanical properties were for hybrid composite fibres with 1 wt% of iron doped alumina filler. © 2017, © The Author(s) 2017.
Keywords:thermal stability / Al2O3 reinforcement / EVA matrix / hybrid composite fibres / UHMWPE
Source:Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 2018, 31, 5, 689-708
- Predefined functional properties polymer composite materials processes and equipment development (RS-34011)
- Peer-reviewed manuscript: http://dais.sanu.ac.rs/123456789/4566