Surface Modification of Aramid Fibres with Graphene Oxide for Interface Improvement in Composites

Lei Zeng, Xuqing Liu, Xiaogang Chen, Constantinos Soutis

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Abstract

A novel method of biomimetic surface modification was used for aramid fibres aiming to enhance the interface properties between epoxy resin and the modified aramid fibre. Inspired by the composition of adhesive proteins in mussels, a thin layer of poly(dopamine) (PDA) was self-polymerized onto the surface of the aramid fibre. The graphene oxide (GO) was then grafted on the surface of PDA-coated aramid fibres. The microstructure and chemical characteristics of the pristine and modified fibres were characterised using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), indicating successful grafting of GO on the PDA-coated aramid fibres. Single fibre tensile test and microbond test were carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties of the modified fibres. It was found that the fibre surface modification improved the interfacial shear strength by 210% and the fibre tensile strength was protected by GO-PDA coating.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Composite Materials
Early online date6 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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