Development of woven fabric reinforced all-polypropylene composites with beta nucleated homo- and copolymer matrices

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Abstract

In the present work self-reinforced polypropylene composites (SRPPC) were developed and investigated. As reinforcement a fabric, woven from highly stretched split PP yarns, whereas as matrix materials α and β crystal forms of isotactic PP homopolymer and random copolymer (with ethylene) were selected and used. The composite sheets were produced by film-stacking method and compression moulded at different processing temperatures keeping the holding time and pressure constant. The quality of the composite sheets was assessed by optical microscopy, density and peel-strength measurements. The SRPPC specimens were subjected to static tensile and flexural, and dynamic falling weight impact tests and the related results were analyzed as a function of processing temperature and polymorphic composition. Based on the results the optimum processing temperature was determined and found by 20-25 °C above the related matrix melting temperature. It was established that the β-modified PP homopolymer based one-component SRPPCs possessed similar attractive mechanical properties as the intensively studied α-random PP copolymer based two-component ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2185-2192
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Volume69
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2009

Keywords

  • A. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • A. Textile composites
  • B. Delamination
  • B. Mechanical properties
  • E. Isostatic pressing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Engineering(all)

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