Irradiation of a Polypropilene-Glass Fiber Composite
The use of composite materials, mainly reinforced thermoplastic has increased on the polymer industry, mainly the polypropylene resins (PP) reinforced by glass fibers (GF). The ionizing radiation can promote alterations in the polymeric chains by scission and crosslinking reactions. The objective of this work is to study the effect of the ionizing radiation in the properties of the polypropylene long fiber glass reinforced thermoplastic. Pellets with 1,3 cm of length, contend 15wt% of the unidirectional long glass fiber were obtained by extrusion and, subsequently, the samples were molded by injection, irradiated and submitted to thermal and mechanical tests. The mechanical (tensile and impact) properties and thermal (HDT and Vicat softening temperature) of irradiated and non irradiated reinforced thermoplastic were determined. The doses of the irradiation of the samples were 30, 50 and 100 kGy in a source of 60Co. The results showed a reduction in the thermal and mechanical performances indicating a degradation of the polymeric matrix.
Pietro VINCENZINI, Maurizio FERRARI and Mrityunjay SINGH
L.F. de Miranda et al., "Irradiation of a Polypropilene-Glass Fiber Composite", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 71, pp. 138-144, 2010