Vinylester/cenosphere composite materials for civil and structural engineering

Davey, Scott W. and Heldt, Tim and Van Erp, Gerard and Ayers, Stephen R. (2005) Vinylester/cenosphere composite materials for civil and structural engineering. FRP International : The Official Newsletter of the International Institute for FRP in Construction, 2 (3). pp. 2-5.


The use of composite structural solutions in civil engineering applications is increasing however this continued growth requires the further development of these materials and an understanding of their behaviour. Particulate reinforced polymer composite systems, in particular vinyl ester/cenosphere composites appear to have significant potential to meet the requirements of civil engineering structures. The application of this technology to the design of products has highlighted the need to
develop a more comprehensive understanding of material behaviour, identifying both the processing performance and end product performance as critical. Key constituent material parameters were found to influence both the processing and end product performance with significant interrelationships existing between these parameters and the composite material behaviours. This requires the consideration of the end product performance then the processing performance to meet the requirements of civil engineering applications. Existing material characterisation methods appear limited which requires the adoption of new techniques, such as DSC or DMA, to quantify material behaviour for the engineer.
The findings of the investigation, which were summarised in this paper, significantly improved the understanding of the constituent influences on the behaviour of vinyl ester
/cenosphere composite systems. This improved understanding instils more confidence in the material performance and may facilitate the continued integration of composite
structural solutions into civil engineering applications.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: vinyl ester/cenosphere composites; civil engineering applications
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified

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