Co-cure joining of epoxy composites with rapidly UV-irradiated PEEK and PPS composites to achieve high structural integrity

Efficient joining of hybrid thermoset/thermoplastic composite joints is critical to produce high performance lightweight structures while keeping the cost low. Herein, a high-power UV-irradiation technique was proposed to rapidly active the surfaces of PEEK and PPS composites for the following co-cure joining with epoxy composites. A single lap-shear joint test and a double cantilever beam test were used to evaluate the mechanical and fracture performance of the hybrid joints. The experimental results revealed that high structural integrity of the hybrid joints was achieved upon applying a 6?s UV-treatment to the thermoplastic composites. For example, the lap-shear strength and fracture energy of the adhesive bonded hybrid joints were above 25?MPa and 800?J/m2, respectively. Overall, high-power UV-irradiation proved a highly efficient, rapid and low-cost method to treat thermoplastic composites for the co-cure joining with epoxy composites, and hence it demonstrated significant promise in industrial mass production.

» Author: Dong Quan, Ren? Alderliesten, Clemens Dransfeld, Ioannis Tsakoniatis, Rinze Benedictus

» Publication Date: 01/11/2020

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This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 745828