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Title: Aging studies of Kevlar 49 fibers

Abstract

The aging mechanisms in service environment of Kevlar 49 fibers, E.I. duPont, (poly(p-phenylene)terephthalamide) are reviewed. The principal aging mechanisms considered are (i) u.v.-, (ii) hydrolytic- and (iii) stress-induced macromolecular chain scission and microvoid growth. U.V.-induced strength degradation can be significant as a result of photo-oxidative and photodegradative radical formation but in Kevlar 49-epoxy composites only the exterior yarn layer is deteriorated. Hydrolytic chain scission of the amide linkage and corresponding fiber strength deterioration is considered in terms of R.H., time, temperature and stress level. The rates of hydrolytic degradation at 100% R.H. in the 100 to 200/sup 0/C range are reported. The estimated rates of fiber degradation in various service environment conditions are also reported and shown not to be serious. The stress-induced aging of Kevlar 49 fibers is considered in terms of the growth and coalescence of inherent microvoids along the fiber axis together with the generation of new microvoids. (These growth processes involve no detectable macromolecular chain scission or deterioration in fiber strength.) At a critical microvoid volume fraction catastrophic failure occurs by interconnection of such voids.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5277276
Report Number(s):
UCRL-89971; CONF-840415-6
ON: DE84003001
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 187. national meeting of the American Chemical Society, St. Louis, MO, USA, 8 Apr 1984
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ARAMIDS; AGING; FIBERS; HYDROLYSIS; STRESSES; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; DECOMPOSITION; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; LYSIS; MATERIALS; PETROCHEMICALS; PETROLEUM PRODUCTS; PLASTICS; RADIATIONS; SOLVOLYSIS; SYNTHETIC MATERIALS; 360405* - Materials- Polymers & Plastics- Degradation & Erosion- (-1987)

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Morgan, R.J., Pruneda, C.O., and Kong, F.M.. Aging studies of Kevlar 49 fibers. United States: N. p., 1983. Web.
Morgan, R.J., Pruneda, C.O., & Kong, F.M.. Aging studies of Kevlar 49 fibers. United States.
Morgan, R.J., Pruneda, C.O., and Kong, F.M.. 1983. "Aging studies of Kevlar 49 fibers". United States. doi:.
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  • Molecular simulations are carried out to elucidate the differences in the properties of the commercial fibers Kevlar 29, Kevlar 49 and Kevlar 149, which are manufactured under different processing conditions, and are composed of poly(p-phenylene teraphthalamide) (PPTA). In going from Kevlar 29 to Kevlar 49 to Kevlar 149, the axial Young`s modulus increases significantly and the torsion modulus decreases significantly, while the compressive strength stays roughly the same. Previous investigators have shown that the increase in the Young`s modulus arises from increased axial orientation. The present paper addresses the torsion modulus and compressive strength of the fibers.
  • The hydrolytic degradation of Kevlar 49 fibers and the principal parameters that control this degradation are presented. Hydrolytic chain scission of the amide linkage and corresponding fiber strength deterioration are considered in terms of RH, time, temperature and stress level. The rates of hydrolytic degradation at 100% RH in the 100 to 200/sup 0/C range are reported. The estimated rates of fiber degradation in various service environment conditions are also reported and shown not to be serious. The impurities present in Kevlar 49 fibers and their effect on hydrolytic degradation are also discussed. In addition, the aging of Kevlar 49more » fibers as a result of exposure to uv and stress are reviewed.« less
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  • The impurities in Kevlar 49 fibers (poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide)PPTA) are reported and discussed in terms of the fiber fabrication processes. These impurities were monitored by inductively coupled plasma emission and optical emission spectroscopy. The principal impurities Na/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and total S were analyzed chemically. From these chemical analyses together with C, N, H elemental analyses we show that there are 1.5 wt % impurities present in Kevlar 49 fibers of which approx. 50% are in the form of Na/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and the remainder probably in the form of benzene sulfonic -SO/sub 3/H PPTA side groups. There are 3 ofmore » these acid groups per each PPTA macromolecule. Organic impurities, such as terephthalic acid are discussed in the light of degradation studies of PPTA-H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ spinning dopes. Electron microprobe x-ray spectroscopy and laser-induced damage studies were utilized to investigate the distribution of impurities through the fiber cross-section. The distribution of impurities throughout the fiber are determined by the fiber fabrication processes and are discussed at the microscopic and molecular level. The defects caused by these impurities and their effect on the deformation and failure modes are also considered. 22 references, 3 tables.« less