Ageing of particulate-filled epoxy resin under hygrothermal conditions

Mehrinejad Khotbehsara, Mojdeh and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru and Ferdous, Wahid ORCID: and Nguyen, Kate T.Q. and Hota, Gangarao (2020) Ageing of particulate-filled epoxy resin under hygrothermal conditions. Construction and Building Materials, 249:118846. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0950-0618


This paper investigated the physical, mechanical, thermo-mechanical and microstructural properties of an epoxy-based resin system containing fire retardant and fly-ash under accelerated hygrothermal ageing. The particulate-filled epoxy resin was conditioned for 1000, 2000 and 3000 h at temperatures up to 60 °C and a relative humidity of 98%. Inclusion of fillers was found to decrease the moisture absorption, increase the glass transition temperature and slight reduce the mechanical properties after hygrothermal conditioning. The prediction using the Arrhenius model suggested that the particulate-filled epoxy resin will retain at least 70% of its strength after 100 years of service in the Australian environment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 00:47
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 07:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epoxy polymer; Moisture absorption; Hygorthermal; Mechanical properties; Microstructures
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
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