Effects of chopped hemp on mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy resins

Vandenbroucke, A. and Cardona, F. and Ku, H. and Rogers, D. (2009) Effects of chopped hemp on mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy resins. In: ACMSM 20: Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials, 2-5 Dec 2008, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

Low cost composite materials are widely used in civil and structural engineering applications. This project uses Epon and chopped hemp 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. Epon and chopped hemp were mixed together in the ratio of 85 % to 15 % by weight. Three point bending tests were carried out to evaluate the flexural properties of the plasticized resins. Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis is used to evaluate the thermal properties of the plasticized ep-oxy resin. The study with epoxy and Epon plus chopped hemp showed that the mechanical properties of the epoxy composite formed were lowered but its ability to dissipate


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher, and an extra 11 months as requested by the author. Print copy held USQ Library 624 Fut
Depositing User: Dr Harry Ku
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2008 04:17
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 06:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite materials; EPON; phenolic resin; flexural tests
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030307 Theory and Design of Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4734

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