A pilot study on flexural properties of epoxy nanoclay reinforced composites

Ku, H. and Fung, S. Y. and Islam, M. and Li, X. and Chong, Y. P. (2013) A pilot study on flexural properties of epoxy nanoclay reinforced composites. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 32 (2). pp. 96-104. ISSN 0731-6844

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Kinetix epoxy resin was filled with nanoclay to increase tensile properties of the composite for civil and structural applications by the Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fiber Composites (CEEFC), University of Southern Queensland (USQ). This project manufactured samples with different percentages by weight of nanoclay in the composites in steps of 1-wt%, which were then post-cured in an oven. The samples were then subjected to flexural tests. The results showed that composite with 3-wt% of nanoclay produces the maximum flexural strength, strain and modulus. It is hoped that the discussion and results in this work would not only contribute towards the development of nanoclay reinforced epoxy composites with better material properties, but also useful for the investigations of fracture toughness, tensile properties and flexural properties in other composites.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2013. Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav. Permanent restricted access to paper published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 23:59
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014 21:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: flexural strength; maximum flexural strain; flexural modulus; epoxy resin; nanoclay
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
10 Technology > 1007 Nanotechnology > 100708 Nanomaterials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8699 Other Manufacturing > 869999 Manufacturing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0731684412459246
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22304

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