Effect of ultraviolet radiation on the physical and mechanical properties of polymer matrix

Ferdous, Wahid and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru and Van Erp, Gerard (2015) Effect of ultraviolet radiation on the physical and mechanical properties of polymer matrix. In: 27th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia (Concrete 2015) in conjunction with the 69th RILEM Week: Construction Innovations, Research into Practice, 30 Aug – 2 Sept 2015, Melbourne, Australia.


In recent years, the use of polymer concrete have become a promising choice in outdoor applications such as repair concrete structures, beams and slabs of small cross section and coating of railway sleepers, is subjected to degradation caused by photochemical reactions from solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Any small damage in polymer matrix can be detrimental to the overall mechanical performance of the structure as it binds and transfers load to the reinforcement. This paper deals with the effect of UV radiation on the physical and mechanical properties of epoxy resin based polymer matrix. Seven different mixes containing filler materials from 0 to 60% with an increment of 10% were exposed to UV radiation using accelerated laboratory testing. Specimens were subjected to 2000 hours of UV radiation by Xenon 2200 watt air cooled lamp in the sunset XLS chamber and subsequently weighed, examined by microscope and mechanically tested. Surface degradation in the form of discoloration were observed by microscopic observation. It was found that, the loss of specimen’s weight decreased with the increase of filler materials in the mix. Significant decrease of flexural strength were observed in the mixes containing filler volume up to 20%. However, no reduction of flexural strength were noticed for the higher filler (≥ 30% filler) containing mixes indicating the filler can helps to preserve the structural performance by absorbing or blocking UV radiation before it reaching the chromophores in polymer matrix.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 05:02
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 02:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epoxy resin, Polymer matrix, Ultraviolet radiation, Physical and mechanical properties
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29588

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