Published Online: 20 JUL 2012
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites
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Yu, L. and Liu, H. 2012. Polymer–Polymer Composites. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–8.
- Published Online: 20 JUL 2012
This article discusses the development of polymer–polymer composites, including the fundamental sciences such as the design principles and mechanisms, as well as their preparation techniques and potential application areas. The advantages of such self-reinforced composite (SRC) systems include the achievement of perfect interfaces between components, their pure chemical functionality, and their higher value as recyclable products due to their relative homogeneity compared to composites composed of different classes of components. The key challenge in developing SRCs is increasing the difference between the thermal processing temperatures of the matrix and the reinforcement (particles or fibers), which are essentially the same material. This article focuses mainly on the most reported systems, that is, those based on polyolefin and polyester.