Microwave energy effects on polymer-matrix and fibre reinforcement of composites during bonding process by microwaves

Ku, Harry S. and Siores, Elias and Ball, James A. R. (2002) Microwave energy effects on polymer-matrix and fibre reinforcement of composites during bonding process by microwaves. Institution of Engineers, Malaysia. Journal, 63 (4). pp. 20-27. ISSN 0126-513X

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[Abstract]: One important thing to be studied in the bonding of thermoplastic composite material using microwave irradiation is the effects of microwave energy on the matrix and fibre reinforcement of the composite. In this research, thirty three percent by weight random glass fibre reinforced polystyrene [PS/GF (33%)] is chosen for the study. Microscopy study is used to find out the microstructural characteristics along and around the interface of the welds. The separation distance of the reinforcing carbon filaments was varied and heat transfer in the material during joining was studied. The reasons why the thermoplastic matrix composite materials were weakened by prolonged microwave irradiation were also studied and analysed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Harry Ku
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:04
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: microwave irradiation, composite material, carbon filament, bonding
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2377

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