Blistering in carbon‐fiber‐filled fluorinated polyimide Academic Article uri icon


  • A blistering study was performed on a fluorinated polyimide resin and its carbon-fiber composite in an effort to determine the blister-formation temperature and the influence of blisters on composite performance. The fluorinated resin and carbon-fiber composite exhibit higher glass-transition (435-455°C) and decomposition temperatures (above 520°C) than similar polyimide resins and their carbon-fiber composites currently used. Two techniques were used to determine moisture-induced blister formation. A transverse extensometer with quartz lamps as a heating source measured thickness expansion, as did a thermomechanical analyzer as a function of temperature. Both methods successfully measured the onset of blister formation with varying amounts of absorbed moisture (up to 3 wt%) in the samples. The polyimide resin exhibited blister temperatures ranging from 225 to 362°C, with 1.7-3.0 wt% absorbed moisture, and the polyimide composite had blister temperatures from 246 to 294°C with 0.5-1.5 wt% moisture. The blistering effects of the polyimide composites were found to have little correlation with modulus. © 2010 Society of Plastics Engineers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Adamczak, A. D., Spriggs, A. A., Fitch, D. M., Burke, C., Shin, E. E., & Grunlan, J. C.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • December 2010