Short bar tests for vinyl ester particulate reinforced composites cured by microwaves

Ku, Harry S. and Tsang, Shing Hin and Baddeley, Douglas and Snook, Chris (2006) Short bar tests for vinyl ester particulate reinforced composites cured by microwaves. Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 7 (1). pp. 65-73. ISSN 1328-7982

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Abstract

[Abstract]: Vinyl ester reinforced composites have been widely used as structural materials. The composites can be cured in ambient conditions but with severe shrinkages. Larger structures are usually assembled and joined from smaller parts where shrinkage is less and this results in longer manufacturing lead time and higher production costs. Ku et al. (2002a; 2002b; 2003a; 2003b) cured the composites under microwave conditions and found that the shrinkage of the resins had been reduced. This research, together with the previous one, confirms the optimum conditions for curing of vinyl ester reinforced composites under microwaves.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: vinyl ester resin, short bar test, microwaves, composites, fracture toughness and shrinkage
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1202

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