Journal article

Electrostatic dissipative glass fibre reinforced composites

C Gloria-Esparza, Q Yuan, S Bateman, K Xia, HY Liu (ed.), X Hu (ed.), M Hoffman (ed.)

FRACTURE OF MATERIALS: MOVING FORWARDS | TRANS TECH PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

Electrically conductive composites were made from short glass fibre (GF) and carbon black (CB) blended with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) using a single screw extruder. The Young's modulus, tensile and impact strengths were improved with the addition of GF, and the surface conductivity in the static dissipative range of 10-6 to 10-99 S was achieved at CB content as low as 1 wt%, significantly lower than that in the unreinforced CB/HDPE. Addition of a coupling agent (MAPE) improved bonding between fibres and the polymer matrix and increased the stiffness and fracture resistance.

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