In one of our previous studies, the mechanical properties of poly (p-phenylene benzobisoxazole) (PBO) fibers were degraded when the fibers were folded. When we examined poly (p-phenylene terephthalamide) (PPTA) fibers, we did not find a similar drop in mechanical properties. In the present study, we investigated the possibility of structural changes caused by folding in PBO and PPTA fibers by using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). From our findings, we postulate that the fibrils in the PBO fibers were subdivided when the fibers were folded whereas the PPTA fibrils did not seem to change. The subdivision for PBO fibers may create new surfaces and defects inside the fibers. Thus, the subdivision may influence not only mechanical properties, but also hydrolytic degradation and other failure pathways.
Proceedings Title: SAMPE 2011
Conference Dates: May 23-26, 2011
Conference Location: Long Beach, CA
Pub Type: Conferences
PBO, SAXS, PPTA, ballistic fibers