Carbon Fiber Surface Treatment for Enhanced Interfacial Properties: A Review

Kwame Anane-Fenin*, Esther Titilayo Akinlabi, Nicolas Perry

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Pristine carbon fibers are intrinsically brittle, fuzzy, non-polar and possess graphite-based planes which are highly crystallized. These characteristics are limiting to effective interfacial bonding between fiber and matrix. Therefore, the ability to modify the surface of carbon fibers present an avenue for enhancing surface functionalities and increasing surface energy which results in improved interfacial properties (wettability) and mechanical properties. In this paper, the current novel techniques for carbon fiber surface treatment are presented. The current direction of the field is reviewed, and emerging technologies are discussed. The comparative study conducted provides insight for optimal selection of treatment approaches depending on the requirement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends in Manufacturing and Engineering Management - Select Proceedings of ICMechD 2019
EditorsS. Vijayan, Nachiappan Subramanian, K. Sankaranarayanasamy
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789811547454
ISBN (Print)9789811547447
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering Design, ICMechD 2019 - Chennai, India
Duration: 25 Apr 201926 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364
NameConference Series Link - ICAIASM: International Conference on Advances in Industrial Automation and Smart Manufacturing


Conference2nd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering Design, ICMechD 2019

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