Tensile tests of phenol formaldehyde glass-powder-reinforced composites: pilot study

Ku, H. and Trada, M. and Cecil, T. and Wong, P. (2010) Tensile tests of phenol formaldehyde glass-powder-reinforced composites: pilot study. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 116 (1). pp. 10-17. ISSN 0021-8995


Phenol formaldehyde was filled with glass powder (GP) to optimize the strength and impact toughness of the composite for structural applications by a research center at the University of Southern Queensland. To reduce costs, the center wished to fill as much of the glass microspheres as possible to maintain sufficient strength and impact toughness in the composites in structural applications. In this project, we varied the weight percentages of the GP in the composites, which were then subjected to tensile tests. The best weight percentage of GP that could be added to the phenolic resin to give the optimum yield, tensile strengths, Young's modulus, and cost was found to be about 10%. The contribution of this study was the finding that if the tensile properties are the most important factors to be considered in the applications of the composites, GP is not a suitable filler.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 08:03
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 05:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: composites; mechanical properties; resins; glass microspheres; glass powder; impact toughness; optimum yield; phenol formaldehyde; pilot studies; reinforced composites; structural applications; tensile tests; weight percentages; Young's Modulus
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/app.31424
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19783

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