Generic parameters governing the wettability characteristics of laser-modified nylon 6,6

Waugh, David and Lawrence, Jonathan (2011) Generic parameters governing the wettability characteristics of laser-modified nylon 6,6. In: ICALEO 2011, 23rd - 27th October 2011, Orlando, FL, USA.

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Wettability is an interesting subject which spans any discipline that takes into account any form of adhesion. As such, it is imperative to identify generic parameters that govern the wetting nature of materials. This paper details the use of CO2 and KrF excimer lasers to modify the surface of nylon 6,6 in order to modulate the wettability characteristics. White light interferometery allowed one to establish that the surface roughness (Ra) was dramatically increased by up to 4.5 µm in comparison to the as-received sample. Using a sessile drop device it was determined for all samples that the polar component had a strong inverse relationship with the contact angle, θ. For the patterned samples an increase in θ indicated the likely formation of a mixed-state wetting regime and highlighted the significant influence of surface topography on θ. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy determined that the surface oxygen content had increased by up to 5.7 %at. for all samples. Due to the highly modulated nature of θ over all samples it was concluded that surface oxygen content was not a dominant parameter; whereas the polar component and surface pattern were the most dominant parameters governing the wettability characteristics of the laser-surface-modified nylon 6,6.

Keywords:laser surface treatment, wettability, contact angle
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F200 Materials Science
J Technologies > J511 Engineering Materials
F Physical Sciences > F361 Laser Physics
H Engineering > H673 Bioengineering
J Technologies > J510 Materials Technology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:6100
Deposited On:06 Sep 2012 08:01

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