Encapsulated nano- and meso-fiber mesh composites

Y. Liang, D. D. Pappas, J. Yim, A. M. Rahmathullah, R. Jensen, G. R. Palmese

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Polymer-polymer composites comprised of vinyl ester matrices and small diameter polypropylene fiber meshes were fabricated and tested in this investigation. The general goal is to develop toughened polymeric systems capable of absorbing and dissipating energy upon impact while maintaining structural attributes in advanced composite applications. Such composites provide several means for tailoring energy absorption capacity including interfacial surface area, fiber yielding, and melting transitions. Commercial vinyl ester (VE) resins were used and commercial small diameter (∼1 μm) polypropylene (PP) fibers were selected as the modifying phases. Composites were prepared using vacuum assisted resin transfer molding technique and characterization analysis included determination of fracture toughness, flexural properties, thermomechanical behavior, fiber surface morphology and composite fracture surface morphology. It was found that PP fibers greatly enhance fracture toughness. However, strength of the VE was significantly reduced as voids were observed at the interface of the PP and VE materials. Simple oxygen plasma surface treatments of the polypropylene fiber mats were conducted in an effort to improve strength, but did not solve the problem of interfacial discontinuities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSAMPE '07
Subtitle of host publicationM and P - From Coast to Coast and Around the World; Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventSAMPE '07: M and P - From Coast to Coast and Around the World - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2007Jun 7 2007

Publication series

NameInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
ISSN (Print)0891-0138


ConferenceSAMPE '07: M and P - From Coast to Coast and Around the World
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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