Thermoplastic–epoxy interactions and their potential applications in joining composite structures – A review

Published on Jan 1, 2015in Composites Part A-applied Science and Manufacturing6.444
· DOI :10.1016/J.COMPOSITESA.2014.09.027
Shiqiang Deng19
Estimated H-index: 19
(USYD: University of Sydney),
Luke P. Djukic4
Estimated H-index: 4
(CRCs: Cooperative Research Centre)
+ 1 AuthorsLin Ye77
Estimated H-index: 77
(USYD: University of Sydney)
Abstract This paper presents a literature survey on the theoretical backgrounds and the past research efforts in relation to the interactions between certain thermoplastics and epoxies, and their applications in polymer blending, epoxy toughening and composite joining. The main objectives are to understand the possible mechanisms of interfacial adhesion between thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, and also to explore the feasible approaches to improve interfacial adhesion for the purposes of joining fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structures by fusion bonding. Further, it is expected that the review would provide some visions to the potential applications of the thermoplastic–thermoset interfacial interactions for the quick assembly of composite structures in cost-effective manufacturing of composite structures, through the uses of the technologies, such as thermoset composite fusion bonding, welding of thermoplastic composites with thermoset composites, and thermoplastic article attachment on thermoset composites.
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