Electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) of aesthetic and protective low curable transparent powder coatings onto carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy composites (i.e., carbon laminates) is the matter of the present investigation. An original environment friendly pretreatment of the substrate, based on fluidized bed peening of glass beads followed by a moderate temperature oven baking, has been proposed. Then, the influence of ESD operational parameters on coating performance has been looked into. Design of experiments (DOE) was used to schedule the experimental trials. Coating thickness and its uniformity over the coated substrates upon curing was systematically evaluated. Further, visual appearance of the coatings was analyzed by both optical and stereoscopic microscopy. Finally, analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed to model the available experimental data. Detailed examinations of the experimental results allowed to define the best settings of ESD process as well as the maximum deposition time before the occurrence of severe electrical breakdown in the powder layer and/or the increase in the incidence of massive back-ionization phenomena. Accordingly, 3D process maps of the coating thickness versus the operational parameters, applied voltage, feeding and auxiliary pressure, were developed, thus supporting the practitioners in their choices and in the identification of processing windows wide enough for practical purposes. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Barletta, M., & Gisario, A. (2009). Electrostatic spray painting of carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy composites. PROGRESS IN ORGANIC COATINGS, 64(4), 339-349.
|Titolo:||Electrostatic spray painting of carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy composites|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Citazione:||Barletta, M., & Gisario, A. (2009). Electrostatic spray painting of carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy composites. PROGRESS IN ORGANIC COATINGS, 64(4), 339-349.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|