Curing vinyl ester particle-reinforced composites using microwaves

Ku, H. (2003) Curing vinyl ester particle-reinforced composites using microwaves. Journal of Composite Materials, 37 (22). pp. 2027-2042. ISSN 0021-9983


Composites made from vinyl ester resins suffer considerable shrinkage during curing and after solidification. This project attempts to reduce the shrinkage of the components by shortening the curing time of the resins using penetrating microwave energy. The amount of initiator used to initiate polymerisation and the input power of microwave energy are varied to obtain an optimum combination of these parameters for minimum shrinkage of the composite components. The original contribution of this paper is to have flyash particulate reinforced vinyl ester resins cured under microwave conditions with a view to reducing the shrinkage of the composites during curing; this aim is fully achieved.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: vinyl ester; shrinkage; microwaves; complex relative permittivity; dielectric constant; loss tangent
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0021998303036266

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