- Volume 1 Issue 2
Methacrylate functional silanes with different methylene spacer groups have been synthesized and the orientation effect and absorption behavior of these silane coupling agent were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FT-IR). The mechanical properties of glass bead/polyester composites are found to be dependent on the spacer group of treated silane coupling agent. The absorption rate of the silane coupling agent onto the fumed silica surface decreases with increasing the number of the methylene spacer in methacrylate functional silanes. Silane molecules containing long spacer groups are adsorbed onto silica slightly bowed with respect to the substrate surface. The relationship between silane molecular structure and mechanical properties of polymer composites is also investigated in order to improve hot/wet properties of glass fiber/polyester composites.