Thermo-mechanical behaviour of epoxy based polymer matrix

Ferdous, Wahid ORCID: and Manalo, Allan ORCID: and Aravinthan, Thiru ORCID: and Van Erp, Gerard (2015) Thermo-mechanical behaviour of epoxy based 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.


This study revealed the dynamic mechanical behavior of polymer matrix having different percentage of filler contents. Epoxy resin based polymer matrix were prepared and characterized their dynamic mechanical properties such as storage (elastic) modulus, loss (viscous) modulus and tan delta (damping coefficient) as a function of temperature. The temperature was applied from 30 to 120 0C with 5 0C increment and the specimens were clamped for dual cantilever bending. A total of seven different mixes with a filler volume increment of 10% started from zero filler mix (100% resin) were casted and the glass transition temperature were evaluated for each of the specimens. Knowing this temperature is important for the polymer matrix as the mechanical properties of material can change dramatically when the specimens are subjected to a temperature beyond this point. Results showed that the gradual increase of filler materials in the polymer matrix can shift the state of materials progressively from viscous to elastic. However, a slight increase of glass transition temperature were obtained among all seven mixes which ranged from 50 to 55 0C when using storage modulus or loss modulus curve and 60 to 65 0C when using peak of tan delta. To evaluate the effect of temperature and fatigue loading on specimens during the execution of Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), the flexural properties of the invaded samples were tested using three point bending once the specimens cool down to the normal temperature. It was found that the dual action of temperature and repeated loading can reduce flexural strength and modulus significantly.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 05:10
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 02:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epoxy resin, Polymer matrix, Glass transition temperature, Dynamic mechanical properties
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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