The increasing use of polymeric materials in high technological fields, such as automotive, has forced the need to overcome some of their limitations by means of innovative processing. In the automobile industry a complex and critical process is used in order to enhance both wettability and adhesive properties of polypropylene bumper surfaces. Cold plasma treatment represents an efficient, clean and economic alternative to activate polymeric surfaces. The present work deals with air cold plasma treatment of polypropylene surfaces. Particularly, the influence of AC electrical discharge cold plasma parameters on wettability and adhesion of polymeric surfaces was studied. Also, the nature of the relationship between wettability and adhesion was investigated. Owing to the complexity of plasma-workpiece interaction, an experimental approach was followed. A set of process variables (voltage, time and air flow rate) was identified and used to conduct some experimental tests on the basis of design of experiment techniques. The experimental results show that the proposed plasma process may considerably increase polypropylene wettability and adhesion properties. These outcomes represent the first step in trying to optimise the polymeric adhesion by means of this non-conventional manufacturing process.

Cold Plasma treatment of polypropylene surface: a study on wettability and adhesion

POLINI, Wilma;
2002

Abstract

The increasing use of polymeric materials in high technological fields, such as automotive, has forced the need to overcome some of their limitations by means of innovative processing. In the automobile industry a complex and critical process is used in order to enhance both wettability and adhesive properties of polypropylene bumper surfaces. Cold plasma treatment represents an efficient, clean and economic alternative to activate polymeric surfaces. The present work deals with air cold plasma treatment of polypropylene surfaces. Particularly, the influence of AC electrical discharge cold plasma parameters on wettability and adhesion of polymeric surfaces was studied. Also, the nature of the relationship between wettability and adhesion was investigated. Owing to the complexity of plasma-workpiece interaction, an experimental approach was followed. A set of process variables (voltage, time and air flow rate) was identified and used to conduct some experimental tests on the basis of design of experiment techniques. The experimental results show that the proposed plasma process may considerably increase polypropylene wettability and adhesion properties. These outcomes represent the first step in trying to optimise the polymeric adhesion by means of this non-conventional manufacturing process.
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