Study of the aging process of corona discharge plasma effects on low density polyethylene film surface
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A study of the durability of corona discharge plasma effects on a polymer surface was investigated in this work. We used the corona discharge plasma technique to modify the wettability properties of low density polyethylene (LDPE) film and evaluated the influence of relative humidity and temperature on the aging process with three different storage conditions. The effects of the aging process on the plasma-treated surface of LDPE film were quantified by contact angle measurements, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results obtained with these techniques have allowed us to determine how the aging process promotes changes in the plasma-treated surface by decreasing its wettability and taking place a remarkable hydrophobic recovery process.
KeywordsContact Angle Aging Time Plasma Treatment Surface Free Energy LDPE
The authors thank ‘‘Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología’’, Ref: DPI2007-66849-C02-02 and IMPIVA for financial support.
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