Application of plasma technologies in fibre-reinforced polymer composites: A review of recent developments

Rongzhi Li, Lin Ye, Yiu Wing Mai

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Plasma technologies have been utilized to improve the surface properties of fibres in many applications from textiles to fibre-reinforced composites since the 1960s. This review discusses the feasibility and characteristics of plasma technologies applied to fibre-reinforced polymer composites. The influence of various plasma treatments on the chemical and mechanical properties of different fibres as well as fibre-reinforced composites is described. The difference between polymer fibres and carbon fibres is emphasized to achieve good bonding between fibres and matrices and to enhance the mechanical properties of the composites. More sophisticated technologies such as microwave plasma and plasma-initiated graft polymerization are also discussed to highlight very recent developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-86
Number of pages14
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesion
  • Bonding
  • Carbon fibres
  • Interface
  • Mechanical properties
  • Plasma surface treatment
  • Polymer composites
  • Polymer fibres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials


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