Water Uptake and Tensile Properties of Plasma Treated Abaca Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composite

Marissa A. Paglicawan, Blessie A. Basilia, Byung Sun Kim
2013 Composites Research  
This work presents the tensile properties and water uptake behavior of plasma treated abaca fibers reinforced epoxy composites. The composites were prepared by vacuum assisted resin transfer molding. The effects of treatment on tensile properties and sorption characteristics of abaca fiber composites in distilled water and salt solution at room temperature were investigated. The tensile strength of the composites increased with plasma treatment. With plasma treatment, an improvement of 92.9%
more » ... ovement of 92.9% was obtained in 2.5 min exposure time in plasma. This is attributed to high fiber-matrix compatibility. Less improvement on tensile properties of hybrid treatment of sodium hydroxide and plasma was obtained. However, both treatments reduced overall water uptake in distilled water and salt solution. Hydrophilicity of the fibers decreased upon plasma and sodium hydroxide treatment, which decreases water uptake.
doi:10.7234/composres.2013.26.3.165 fatcat:etuco7d2gvgw3isxpn3rmwoknq