Thermal degradation of high‐temperature fluorinated polyimide and its carbon fiber composite Academic Article uri icon


  • High - temperature polymers are being used for a broad range of applications, such as composite matrices for structural applications (e.g., high speed aircraft). Polyimides are a special class of polymers that meet the thermal and oxidative stability requirements for high temperature composite aerospace applications. A weight loss study was performed on a fluorinated polyimide resin and its carbon fiber composite in an effort to determine its thermal stability and degradation mechanisms. Experiments were conducted using a preheated oven and thermogravimetric analysis to obtain the weight loss. Regardless of the method used, the resin and composite exhibited excellent thermal stability (less than 1% weight loss) below 430° C, regardless of 2-20 min of exposure. After 20 min of exposure at 510°C, the composite remained relatively stable with only 5.3% weight loss using the oven technique, whereas the neat polyimide sustained 12.6%. When degradation occurred, it was found to be the result of thermolysis and oxidation (to a lesser extent). © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

author list (cited authors)

  • Adamczak, A. D., Spriggs, A. A., Fitch, D. M., Awad, W., Wilkie, C. A., & Grunlan, J. C.

citation count

  • 18

publication date

  • February 2010