Objectives. Methacrylic resin-based dental composites normally use a bifunctional silane coupling agent with an intermediary carbon connecting segment to provide the interfacial phase that holds together the organic polymer matrix with the reinforcing inorganic phase. In this study, fiber pull-out tests were used to measure the interfacial bond strength at the fiber-matrix interface. Methods. Glass fibers (approximately 30 μm diameter, 8 × 10-2m length, MoSci) were silanated using various concentrations (1, 5 and 10%) of either 3-methacryloxypropyl-trimethoxysilane (MPS) or glycidoxypropyltrimethoxy-silane (GPS) in acetone (99.8%). Rubber (poly(butadiene/acrylonitrile), amine terminated, Mw 5500) molecules were also attached to the fiber surface via GPS molecules. The resin was comprised of a 60/40 mixture of Bis-phenol-A bis-(2-hydroxypropyl)-methacrylate (BisGMA) and tri (ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (TEGDMA). A bead of resin approximately 2-4 × 10-3m in embedded length was placed on the treated fibers and light cured. The load required to pull the fiber out of the resin was converted to shear bond strength. Results. Interfacial shear strengths were greater for silanated specimens compared with unsilanated, and for MPS compared with GPS. The same set of samples soaked in 50:50 (v/v) mixtures of ethanol and distilled water for a period of 1 month showed a decrease in properties. Significance. A positive correlation was found between the amount of silane on the filler surface and the property loss after soaking. Rubber treatment provided improvement in interfacial strength. 5% MPS samples had the highest strength both in soaked as well as unsoaked samples.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials