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Preparation and application of polysulfone microcapsules containing tung oil in self-healing and self-lubricating epoxy coating A Physicochemical and engineering aspects

Li, Haiyan, Cui, Yexiang, Wang, Huaiyuan, Zhu, Yanji, Wang, Baohui
Colloids and surfaces 2017 v.518 pp. 181-187
coatings, corrosion, crosslinking, epoxides, evaporation, films (materials), polymers, solvents, temperature, thermal degradation, thermal stability, tung oil
Polysulfone microcapsules containing tung oil were synthesized by a solvent evaporation method. The mean diameter and wall thickness of the synthesized microcapsules were approximately 130μm and 9μm, respectively. High thermal stability of the microcapsules with a thermal degradation onset temperature of 350°C was obtained. The multi-functional coating was fabricated by incorporating the microcapsules containing tung oil into an epoxy matrix. The self-healing and self-lubricating functions were evaluated by corrosion and tribology test. 10wt% microcapsules embedded in epoxy coating offered optimum results. The microcapsules showed excellent anticorrosion performance in scratched coatings, which was attributed to the formation of a cross-linked polymer film after tung oil was released from the damaged microcapsules. The frictional coefficient and wear rate of the self-lubricating coating decreased significantly as compared to the neat epoxy. The formation of a transfer film from releasing tung oil and the entrapment of wear particles in the cavities left by the ruptured microcapsules were the major antifriction mechanism.