Understanding the performance of corona aged epoxy nano micro composites

Understanding the performance of corona aged epoxy nano micro composites

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Corona ageing of the epoxy nanocomposites surface exhibits a high influence on contact angle of the material. A reduction in corona inception voltage due to water droplet, upon corona ageing, is less with epoxy composites, which has Wollastonite as filler followed with nano-micro silica filler added epoxy composites. Charge accumulation studies indicate that charge retention time drastically reduces with corona aged epoxy composite specimen. Epoxy composites with Wollastonite as filler have shown higher mean charge lifetime. Adoption of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique for characterisation of samples is unique. Measure of threshold fluence and plasma temperatures through LIBS studies enables to classify the ageing condition of the composite material. Plasma temperature and threshold fluence are clear indicators to classify different materials. Plasma temperature is also an indicator of the hardness of the material. Epoxy composite with Wollastonite as filler is not affected by laser abrasion, which is in accordance with its superior performance with corona ageing, proving as discharge resistant material.


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