DOI: 10.1002/app.54651 ISSN:

Study on the stability of high solid content polyether‐ether‐ketone aqueous suspension

Yiling Qian, Tianyun Wan, Huihuang Ma, Shizheng Qin, Yi Wang, Xiaodong Zhou
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • General Chemistry


Carbon fiber (CF) reinforced polyether‐ether‐ketone (PEEK) composite is found extensive application in various industries. Efforts have been made to enhance the interfacial binding between the resin and fibers. Herein, we report a green CF surface modification suspension coating method that could resist high process temperature by optimizing the stability of the aqueous suspension, which contains PEEK resin particles and a mixture of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and polyethylene glycol monostearate (stPEG). The optimized suspension (PEEK: SDS mass ratio= 5:1) that can meet around 500°C process requirement was then used to improve the physical interfacial binding between CF and PEEK. Based on the suspension colloidal stability, the process was optimized by tensile tests of the CF/PEEK monofilaments. The results show that the colloidal stability of the PEEK aqueous suspension with a total solid content of 20 wt.% containing stPEG‐SDS (stPEG: SDS mass ratio= 1:2) surfactant blend (PEEK: stPEG‐SDS mass ratio= 5:1) reached the optimum at a stirring rate of 750 rpm. The maximum tensile strength of the CF/PEEK monofilaments reached ~4.968 GPa at a coating diameter of 8.54 μm. This PEEK aqueous suspension provides a non‐toxic, environmentally friendly and high temperature resistant aqueous material to produce high‐performance fiber reinforced PEEK composites.

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