Flexural properties of sawdust-reinforced epoxy composites post-cured in microwaves

Ku, H. and Donald, M. and Cardona, F. and Trada, M. (2012) Flexural properties of sawdust-reinforced epoxy composites post-cured in microwaves. Journal of Composite Materials, 46 (22). pp. 2879-2890. ISSN 0021-9983


Epoxy resin was filled with sawdust to optimize the flexural properties of the composite for structural applications. In order to reduce costs, it will be necessary to fill as much sawdust as possible subject to maintaining sufficient strength of the composites in civil and structural applications. This project varies the percentage by weight of the sawdust in the composites. The sawdust particles were sieved into three different sizes, which were <425 mm, 425–600 mm and 600–1180 mm, respectively. Palm oil was also added to the composites of epoxy resin and sawdust as a plasticizer to improve the flexibility of the composites. After casting the composites to the moulds, they were cured at ambient conditions for 24 h. They were then post-cured in a conventional oven or microwave irradiation and subjected to flexural tests. It was found that the best percentage of sawdust, with particle size of <425 mm, and of palm oil, by weight that can be added to epoxy resin to give an optimum flexural modulus and flexural strength, as well as cost was 15% and 5%, respectively. The contribution of the study was that if flexural modulus was the most important factor to be considered in the applications of the composites, sawdust is a suitable filler. However, if the most sought after properties were the flexural strength then sawdust is not a suitable filler.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 1 Feb 2012. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 03:34
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 05:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: flexural strength; flexural strain; flexural modulus; epoxy resin; sawdust
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: 10.1177/0021998311433437
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21570

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