Effect of fire-retardant ceram powder on the properties of phenolic-based GFRP composites

Ferdous, Wahid and Ngo, Tuan Duc and Nguyen, Kate T. Q. and Ghazlan, Abdallah and Mendis, Priyan and Manalo, Allan (2018) Effect of fire-retardant ceram powder on the properties of phenolic-based GFRP composites. Composites Part B: Engineering, 155. pp. 414-424. ISSN 1359-8368


This paper investigated the effect of ceram powder on the properties of composite laminates based on glass fibres and phenolic resin. The amount of ceram in the polymer matrix was varied between 30% and 50% of the weight of resin. The density, void ratio, tensile strength, interlaminar shear strength, bond strength, bending modulus and glass transition temperature were studied, and the effect of ceram on these properties was assessed. A systemic decision-making strategy is applied to evaluate the optimal amount of ceram in the polymer matrix. Results showed that while the increase of ceram decreased the strength properties of the composite laminates, the bulk density and bending modulus increased. Moreover, the glass transition temperature increased by 32 °C with the addition of 50% (by weight of resin) ceram powder. The strategic decision-making approach suggested that a good balance of physical, mechanical, and thermos-mechanical properties can be achieved when ceram is added at a fraction of 50% of the weight of resin, and this amount is considered as optimal for designing laminated fibre composites.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 03:12
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 05:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: laminated composites, phenolic resin, ceram powder, properties, optimal design
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.09.032
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34844

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