Effects of EPON on mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy resins

Ku, H. and Cardona, F. and Rogers, D. and Vandenbroucke, A. (2008) Effects of EPON on mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy resins. In: ICMMSE 2008: International Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures, 28-31 Jul 2008, Hong Kong.

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Abstract

Low cost composite materials are widely used in civil and structural engineering applications. This project uses EPON to plasticize a commonly used resin, epoxy resin to lower the cost of the composite and to find out the mechanical and thermal properties of the plasticized epoxy resin to see if it is suitable for the said applications. Three point bending tests were carried out to evaluate the flexural properties of the plasticized resins. Differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis are used to evaluate the thermal properties of the plasticized epoxy resin. The study with epoxy and EPON showed that the mechanical properties of the epoxy composite were lowered but its ability to dissipate energy increased because of its improved thermal properties. As EPON is much cheaper that epoxy resin, the composite produced is therefore cheaper and provided the service requirements were not so demanding, it can be used in the said applications.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Also published as : Multi-functional Materials and Structures - International Conference on Multifunctional Materials and Structures; Hong Kong, P.R.; 28 July 2008 through 31 July 2008; Code 74080 Print copy held USQ library 624.18 Int
Depositing User: Dr Harry Ku
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2008 05:29
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: EPON; epoxy resin; flexural modulus; fracture toughness; glass transition temperature
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.47-50.536
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4299

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