Surface Activation of Various Industrial Plastics

Surface Activation of Conventional Polymers Using Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas 
Peter Guschl and Steve Babayan 
Surfx Technologies LLC

Surface activation of conventional polymeric materials or plastics, has been an area of considerable attention over many decades. These materials have gained a nearly omnipresence character in today’s industrial global economy in numerous fields like medical devices, aerospace and automotive applications, household appliances, consumer electronics and semiconductors, recreational equipment, etc. Often the ability to effectively bond one polymer to another polymer or to dissimilar material dictates the development and implementation of particular products for a given application.

Polyethylene is available in several forms in industry [low-density (LDPE), linear low-density, high-density (HDPE), ultrahigh molecular weight (UHMWPE)]. This material is known for its toughness, impact resistance, ductility, tensile strength, and relative low cost. Polypropylene (PP) has similar properties as polyethylene with the additional benefit of slightly higher temperature application.

Polystyrene (PS) is a rigid, transparent thermoplastic and found readily in plastic model assembly kits, license plate frames, plastic cutlery, CD cases, etc. Nylon or polyamide 6 (PA 6) is a tough thermoplastic that is useful in fiber form, possessing high tensile strength, high elasticity and luster, a high resistance to abrasion and chemical inertness. The fibers are wrinkle-proof and have high water absorption.

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