Reinforced insulation properties of epoxy resin/SiO2 nanocomposites by atmospheric pressure plasma modification

Yan, Wei, Phung, B. T., Han, Zhaojun, & Ostrikov, Kostya (2012) Reinforced insulation properties of epoxy resin/SiO2 nanocomposites by atmospheric pressure plasma modification. In 2012 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (IPMHVC), IEEE, San Diego, CA, USA, pp. 391-394.

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Nanocomposite dielectrics hold a promising future for the next generation of insulation materials because of their excellent physical, chemical, and dielectric properties. In the presented study, we investigate the use of plasma processing technology to further enhance the dielectric performance of epoxy resin/SiO2 nanocomposite materials. The SiO2 nanoparticles are treated with atmospheric-pressure non-equilibrium plasma prior to being added into the epoxy resin host. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results reveal the effects of the plasma process on the surface functional groups of the treated nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results show that the plasma treatment appreciably improves the dispersion uniformity of nanoparticles in the host polymer. With respect to insulation performance, the epoxy/plasma-treated SiO2 specimen shows a 29% longer endurance time than the epoxy/untreated SiO2 nanocomposite under electrical aging. The Weibull plots of the dielectric breakdown field intensity suggest that the breakdown strength of the nanocomposite with the plasma pre-treatment on the nanoparticles is improved by 23.3%.

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ID Code: 73567
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Atmospheric-pressure plasma, Dielectric breakdown, Nanocomposite, Partial discharge
DOI: 10.1109/IPMHVC.2012.6518762
ISSN: 9781467312233
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2014 02:27
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 04:30

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