This work studies high-performance laminate composite materials made of graphite and poly(ether-ether-ketone) (PEEK). The main objective was to enhance graphite's inherent properties by the addition of PEEK to produce materials with improved thermal and mechanical stability for high-performance applications. The composites were fabricated using a hot press method at a temperature below 310 °C. The newly formed materials were then subjected to various tests, including Scanning Electron Microscopy, Thermogravimetric Analysis, mechanical properties tests, nanoindentation tests, and X-Ray Diffraction to assess their structural, thermal, and mechanical properties. Our findings showed a substantial interfacial interaction between PEEK and graphite, indicating successful composite formation. Both three-layered PEEK/graphite/PEEK (PGP) and five-layered PEEK/graphite/PEEK/graphite/PEEK (PG)2P composites exhibited superior thermal stability at high temperatures compared to neat PEEK. Moreover, our mechanical tests demonstrated a 172% increase in ultimate tensile strength of PGP compared to neat graphite. Additionally, nanoindentation tests confirmed an increase in both Young's modulus and hardness of composites. Furthermore, XRD analysis revealed a 35.5% increase in crystallinity in the fabricated composites compared to pristine PEEK. These findings significantly contribute to the field of high-performance composite materials, confirming that the hot pressing of PEEK and graphite sheets results in enhanced thermal and mechanical properties.
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