Electrophoretic deposition of aramid nanofibers on carbon fibers for highly enhanced interfacial adhesion at low content

Jea Uk Lee, Byeongho Park, Byeong Su Kim, Dae Ryung Bae, Wonoh Lee

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Here, an anodic electrophoretic deposition was adopted to facilitate the large-scale uniform coating of nano-fillers onto carbon fibers to enhance the interfacial properties between carbon fibers and epoxy matrix. As interface-reinforcing materials, aramid nanofibers were introduced because of their superior mechanical properties and epoxy matrix-friendly functional groups. Furthermore, aramid nanofibers can be readily coated on carbon fibers via electrophoretic deposition because they are negatively-charged in solution with high electrical mobility. Finally, aramid nanofiber-coated carbon fibers showed significantly improved interfacial properties such as higher surface free energy and interfacial shear strengths (39.7% and 34.9% increases, respectively) than those of a pristine carbon fiber despite a very small amount of embedding (0.025 wt% of aramid nanofibers in a carbon fiber), and the short beam strength of the laminated composite prepared with the aramid nanofiber-coated carbon fibers was also improved by 17.0% compared to a non-modified composite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-489
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials

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