Title: Fabrication of Extruded Polyphenylsulfone – Boron Nitride Composite Tapes
Authors: Tiffany S. Williams, Baochau Nguyen, Witold K. Fuchs, Marisabel Kelly
Abstract: Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) is a high-temperature, chemically resistant thermoplastic with high impact resistance that is often used in interior aircraft cabin components, medical devices, and membranes. The aforementioned properties have led to interest investigating PPSU’s compatibility with hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) platelets as a thermally conductive, electrical composite insulator for high power-density electric machines. Preliminary trials extruding PPSU-hBN composite tapes showed promising dielectric properties and higher thermal conductivity as a function of hBN concentration compared to their neat analog. On the other hand, only few studies have reported on the extrusion process and resulting thermo-mechanical properties for PPSU and its composites made with chopped fiber reinforcement or fillers, none of which containing boron nitride filler. Prospects may exist for this type of material to be incorporated into extrusion-based additive manufacturing techniques to print other composites bearing unique properties useful for aerospace. Loading levels with up to approximately 23 wt% were achieved using micro-size BN platelets without observing any significant affects to PPSU’s glass-transition temperature. This work includes a description of the rheological properties of PPSU, the extrusion parameters for mixing and compounding the PPSU-hBN composite tapes, and the thermal and thermo-mechanical properties of PPSU-hBN composites.
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