Plasma Modification of Fibers for Composite Materials

This project involves the use of rf-indced gas plasmas to modify the surface of fibers in order to improve te interface strength of composite materials.

Funding from: Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station

Oxygen-treated AS-4 Fiber
Plasma Generator

Recent Publications

Köster, K. and Schwartz, P., Influence of Acetylene Plasma Treatment on the Torsional Fatigue of Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Composite Strands. Compos. Sci. Technol.,60, 2005-2010 (2000).

Feih, S. and Schwartz, P., Modification of the Carbon Fiber/Matrix Interface using Gas Plasma Treatment with Acetylene and Oxygen. J. Adhesion Sci. Technol., 12, 525-539 (1998).

Miller, A. and Schwartz, P., Effects of aging on plasma treated ultra high strength polyethylene and the plasma treated ultra high strength polyethylene/epoxy interface. Plasmas and Polymers , 2, 115-132 (1997).

Ahn, H. S. and Schwartz, P., Measurement of Interfacial Adhesion in Carbon/Epoxy Composite after Plasma Surface Treatment on Carbon Fibers. Adv. Compos. Lett., 3, 27-29 (1994).

Knickrehm, A, Rehm, W., and Schwartz, P., Effect of Argon Plasma Pre-treatment on Adhesion of Epoxy to Aramid Fibers Treated with Oxygen Plasmas. Adv. Compos. Lett., 2, 211-213 (1993).

Hild D. N. and Schwartz, P., Plasma Treated Ultra High Strength Polyethylene Fibers for Improved Fracture Toughness of Poly(methyl Methacrylate). J. Mater. Sci.: Materials in Medicine, 4, 481-493 (1993).

For more information contact Professor Peter Schwartz


Created 06 AUG 1996; Updated 09 JUN 2004