Surface modifications of EVA copolymers induced by low pressure RF plasmas from different gases and their relation to adhesion properties

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Title: Surface modifications of EVA copolymers induced by low pressure RF plasmas from different gases and their relation to adhesion properties
Authors: Cepeda Jiménez, Carmen María | Torregrosa Maciá, Rosa | Martín-Martínez, José Miguel
Research Group/s: Laboratorio de Adhesión y Adhesivos
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Química Inorgánica
Keywords: EVA | RF plasma treatment | Surface chemistry | Adhesion | Contact angle measurements | XPS | Scanning electron microscopy | T-peel strength
Knowledge Area: Química Inorgánica
Date Created: 2003
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: VSP
Citation: CEPEDA JIMÉNEZ, Carmen María; TORREGROSA MACIÁ, Rosa; MARTÍN MARTÍNEZ, José Miguel. "Surface modifications of EVA copolymers induced by low pressure RF plasmas from different gases and their relation to adhesion properties". Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. Vol. 17, No. 8 (2003). ISSN 0169-4243, pp. 1145-1159
Abstract: Two ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers (12 and 20 wt% of vinyl acetate,VA, content) have been treated with low pressure RF plasmas from non-oxidizing gases (Ar, N2) and oxidizing gases (air, a mixture of 4N2: 6O2 (v/v), O2 and CO2). The formation of polar moieties on both EVAs was more noticeable by treatment with plasmas from non-oxidizing gases than from oxidizing ones (the higher the reactivity, the lower the difference with respect to untreated EVA surfaces). The surface etching with the non-oxidizing plasmas, giving rise to a high roughness, depends on the wt% of VA in the composition of the copolymer because of the different resistances of VA (low) and PE (high) to the non-oxidizingplasma particles bombardment. The adhesion properties obtained using a polyurethane adhesive (PU) showed high T-peel strength values and adhesion failure in EVAs treated with plasmas from oxidizing gases, due to roughness produced causing mechanical interlocking of the adhesive. Lower T-peel strength values were obtained with non-oxidizingplasmas: the values for EVA12 being, in general, lower than those obtained for EVA20. The durability of the treated EVAs/PU adhesive joints after ageing in humidity and temperature was quite good.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/2657
ISSN: 0169-4243
DOI: 10.1163/156856103322113841
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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