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Polymers 2017, 9(7), 281;

PES/POSS Soluble Veils as Advanced Modifiers for Multifunctional Fiber Reinforced Composites

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture and INSTM UdR, University of Catania, V.le A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
Department of Chemical Science and INSTM UdR, University of Catania, V.le A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
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Academic Editor: Francesco Paolo La Mantia
Received: 18 June 2017 / Revised: 8 July 2017 / Accepted: 10 July 2017 / Published: 13 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Nanocomposites)
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Novel polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)-filled thermoplastic electrospun veils were used to tailor the properties of the interlaminar region of epoxy-based composites. The veils were designed to be soluble upon curing in the epoxy matrix, so that POSS could be released within the interlaminar region. Three different POSS contents, varying from 1 to 10 wt %, were tested while the percentage of coPolyethersulphone (coPES) dissolved in the epoxy resin was kept to a fixed value of 10 wt %. Good quality veils could be obtained at up to 10 wt % of POSS addition, with the nanofibers’ diameters varying from 861 nm for the coPES to 428 nm upon POSS addition. The feasibility of the soluble veils to disperse POSS in the interlaminar region was proved, and the effect of POSS on phase morphology and viscoelastic properties studied. POSS was demonstrated to significantly affect the morphology and viscoelastic properties of epoxy composites, especially for the percentages 1% and 5%, which enabled the composites to avoid POSS segregates occurring. A dynamic mechanical analysis showed a significant improvement to the storage modulus, and a shift of more than 30 °C due to the POSS cages hindering the motion of the molecular chains and network junctions. View Full-Text
Keywords: electrospinning; epoxy; POSS; composites electrospinning; epoxy; POSS; composites

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Cicala, G.; Blanco, I.; Latteri, A.; Ognibene, G.; Agatino Bottino, F.; Fragalà, M.E. PES/POSS Soluble Veils as Advanced Modifiers for Multifunctional Fiber Reinforced Composites. Polymers 2017, 9, 281.

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