Effects of fillers on the fracture behaviour of particulate polyester composites

Wong, K. J. and Yousif, B. F. and Low, K. O. and Ng, Y. and Tan, S. L. (2010) Effects of fillers on the fracture behaviour of particulate polyester composites. Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, 45 (1). pp. 67-78. ISSN 0309-3247

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Abstract

In the current work, the fracture toughness of sand-particle- and wood-flake reinforced polyester composites was studied under a linear elastic fracture mechanics approach. The effects of the particulate volume fraction (0–60 vol %) were studied. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe the damage features on the composite surface. Results showed that sand-particle- and fine-wood-flake-reinforced polymer composites exhibited better results at 40 vol% than at other particulate volume fractions. Meanwhile, coarse-wood-flake-reinforced polymer composites showed higher properties at 30 vol % than at other particulate volume fractions. Observation of the composite surface after tests showed that sand particles have poor interfacial adhesion compared with wood flakes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Wong, K. J.,Yousif, B. F.,Low, K. O.,Ng, Y.,Tan, S. L., 2010. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, 45 (1). pp. 67-78, 2010 doi:10.1243/03093247JSA553. Deposited with the permission of the publisher (Professional Engineering Publishing).
Depositing User: Dr Belal Yousif
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2010 12:32
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2013 06:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: sand particles; wood flakes; polyester composites; fracture toughness
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091308 Solid Mechanics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1243/03093247JSA553
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8311

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